Sergio Perez believes that Sebastian Vettel made a ‘great decision’ by moving to his former team, which will be called Aston Martin from this year and will have a ‘fantastic car’ next year.
On the eve of the start of last season, Vettel learned that Ferrari is no longer counting on him from 2021, and the German decided to move to the fourth-placed team from 2020, which is changing its name from Racing Point to Aston Martin this year.
Last year, Perez had the best season of his career, finishing fourth in the drivers’ standings, despite being absent for two races due to COVID-19, winning his first F1 race in Sakhir GP in his 190th Formula One race – the longest wait for the first victory in the history of this sport.
For the first time in his F1 career Mexican will drive a car capable of fighting for the podiums and wins on a regular basis in 2021 and will have the strongest team mate so far in Max Verstappen.
“I think Seb has definitely taken a great decision,” said Perez.
“He’s coming to a team of real racers, to a team where they’ll definitely have a good time. He willenjoy it, and most importantly, he will have a good time.”
“And I have no doubt that the team will be one of the strongest next year so they will definitely have a fantastic car.”
Ross Brawn recently stated that Vettel has ‘a big shoes to fill’ replacing Perez who did a great job for the team since he joined them in 2014 after he failed to make a great success at McLaren.
“I saw those comments,” Perez said.
“I thought ‘a big shoes to fill for a four-time world champion, it’s hard to imagine compared to a driver who just won his first race.’
“But in a way, it’s Formula 1. Titles and wins don’t mean much because it’s so much down to the level of cars you have in your career.”
In all seven years (2014-2020) in the team called Force India and Racing Point Perez ended in the top ten at the end of the season and in the F1 career that began in 2011 at Sauber, he did not finish in the top ten just twice – in Sauber in 2011 (16th) and in 2013 in McLaren (11th).