Aston Martin have announced an unchanged driver line-up for 2022 F1 season as Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel are retained.
Stroll joined the team in 2019 under their former name – Racing Point and has gone on to produce two podiums, which came in 2020 at Italian and Sakhir Grands Prix prior to this year’s name change to Aston Martin.
Speaking on his decision to embark on a sixth season in F1 and fourth at his current team, Stroll said: “We started this Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team campaign together and I greatly look forward to continuing the journey with him next year.
The Canadian though is disappointed with the lack of success this season but has iterated that this difficult campaign will only make him stronger for the future, adding: “We have not achieved what we set out to do this year, but that has only amplified our hunger and drive for success next season.
“Now, with the prestige and support of Aston Martin, and the brilliant new sponsor-partners that such a prestigious brand has attracted, we are well positioned to improve our performance in 2022.”
Vettel meanwhile will embark on his 16th season in F1 next season as he extends his stay at Aston Martin for a second consecutive season, with the four-time world champion “really looking forward to racing the new generation of Formula One cars.”
Vettel went on to state his wish that the new technical regulations and cars will enable everyone to “race much more closely than recently.”
Iterating his support for the team and belief that he has a chance to challenge for wins next season, Vettel stated: “The changes are so big that every team will be starting from a new beginning, so it will be a great opportunity for us at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team.
“I believe in the strength of our new growing team, so I am already looking forward to 2022.”
Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll meanwhile praised both drivers for “excellent performances” this season, as the team fought to overcome a disastrous pre-season due to regulatory changes disadvantaging those with low-rake aero philosophies.
Stroll though is “delighted” to retain both drivers who provide “such an excellent blend of youthful talent and experienced expertise.”
Aston Martin Team Principal and CEO, Otmar Szafnauer added that the team will never underestimate their rivals despite their driver quality, commenting: “We never under-estimate our opposition, so we do not intend to over-promise, but we know that Lance and Sebastian will get the very best from the tools we will put at their disposal.”
Confirmation of Aston Martin’s driver line-up now means that just one seat remains vacant on the 2022 grid, which is at Alfa Romeo with Guanyu Zhou and Theo Pourchaire considered hot favourites for the race seat alongside Valtteri Bottas.