However, Sergio Perez announced on Wednesday that he would be leaving Racing Point at the end of the current season, despite having a deal until 2022, opening up a space on the grid.
“I am very proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021,” Vettel said in a statement. “It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I’ve been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I think the future looks even brighter.
“Lawrence’s energy and commitment [Stroll, Racing Point part-owner] sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.
“I still have a lot of love for Formula 1 and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a great privilege.”
Vettel won four consecutive world titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, but his drive has been plagued by mistakes in recent times. In 2018, several mistakes in the second half of the season saw Vettel squander the championship lead and Ferrari’s chances of a first world title since 2007.
Vettel is 13th in the drivers’ standings, with just 16 points so far this season, and is 29 points behind teammate Leclerc.
However, in terms of wins, Vettel is the third most successful in the history of the sport, behind only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton,
Racing Point said the deal with Vettel “is a clear statement of the team’s ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport”.
“Everyone at Silverstone is very excited about this news,” team principal Otmar Szafnauer said in a statement. “Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.
“On a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon, Sebastià is one of the best in the world, and I can’t think of a better driver to help us into this new era. He will play a big part in taking this team into the next one. level”.