Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari for Aston Martin at the end of 2020

Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari for Aston Martin at the end of 2020

- Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he will leave Ferrari this year

- The German confirmed he has joined Aston Martin in a multi-year contract starting from 2021

- McLaren's Carlos Sainz will take Vettel's place at Ferrari next Formula One season

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German driver Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that he will leave his current employers Ferrari for Aston Martin next year.

The 33-year-old will replace Mexican Sergio Perez for the new Canadian-owned Racing Point team on a multi-year deal at the end of the season.

Vettel revealed ahead of Sunday's Tuscan Grand Prix at Italy's Mugello circuit: "I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future.

"I'm extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021. "It’s a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company.

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"I believe we can build something very special together. I still have so much love for Formula One and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid."

Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari for Aston Martin at the end of 2020
Sebastian Vettel winding down his reign with Ferrari after confirming move to Aston Martin. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Reuter's Alan Baldwin reported that the details of the contract were not disclosed, but confirmed the German driver has joined the new team "for 2021 and beyond."

Vettel lost his dominance at Ferrari since Monegasque Charles Leclerc arrived, with the 22-year-old beating him on wins, points, and poles last season.

Having struggled all through this year, Ferrari confirmed the departure of the 33-year-old at the end of 2020. Meanwhile, he will be replaced by Spaniard Carlos Sainz from McLaren.

The 33-year-old will partner with Lance Stroll - the son of Mercedes-powered Aston Martin owner Lawrence who doubles as the executive chairman of the British-based sports car maker. earlier reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has emerged joint 'Best Sportsman of the Year' alongside Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Laureus Award gala which took place in Germany.

The 32-year-old forward became the first-ever footballer to have won the prestigious prize having polled the same number of votes with the English man.

According to information on Barca's official website, it was also the first time the category would witness a tie - which led the organisers to reward the emerging winners with the award.

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