Who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin?

Who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin?

In recent weeks, everything led to believe that the discussions between Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin for increasing the events beyond 2022 were on the right track. That was before this Thursday, July 28. A few hours after opening an Instagram account to everyone’s surprise, the German posted a video to announce his retirement at the end of this season.

Therefore, Aston Martin must now find a successor to Sebastian Vettel who will accompany Lance Stroll throughout the 2023 season. So, who are the leaders to replace the four-time world champion?

Mick Schumacher, a good friend

Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have a good relationship. ©DPPI/A. vincent

The easiest and fastest song for now. Aston Martin won’t have to rack its brains to lure him into its lineup. Mick Schumacher has a good relationship with Sebastian Vettel which could also convince him to join the Greens in 2023.

In addition, his future at Haas is threatened as Mick Schumacher may / should lose the support of Ferrari at the end of the 2022 season. Without this support, the German cannot claim the seat reserved for the Scuderia within the American stable. On the other hand, he would have no problem continuing his career in F1 as he has enough money behind him to continue the journey elsewhere.

Nico Hülkenberg, a firefighter on duty

Would Nico Hulkenberg be in contention for Sebastian Vettel’s seat? ©DPPI/F. Gooden

After playing firemen on the job for the past two years, will the German get a permanent job? There is no confirmation that Aston Martin is betting on him for 2023 but Nico Hülkenberg seems to be the most suitable solution. The former Renault driver has the advantage of knowing the house very well, having replaced Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll there when the team was still called Racing Point in 2020, but also Sebastian Vettel at the start of the season. It remains to be seen whether the English team will be willing to promote their reserve driver to a starting role next year.

Nyck de Vries, finally his chance?

Will Nyck de Vries make his F1 debut? ©DPPI

What if the big winner of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement was none other than Nyck de Vries? Using Mercedes, Aston Martin may be tempted to hire a driver from the bosom of the German company. We mustn’t forget that the German has lost the helm to Williams and Alex Albon for the 2022 season. However, the Dutchman is starting late compared to the likes of Mick Schumacher but he won’t be surprised. seeing Toto Wolff forcing Lawrence Stroll to put one of his proteges there. His F1 debut could be very close.

Oscar Piastri or Fernando Alonso, Alpine must decide

Will Oscar Piastri replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin? ©DPPI/X. Bonilla

Having been involved in the role of reserve soldier at Alpine, and mascot, this year, Oscar Piastri is looking for the wheel for the 2023 season. The reigning F2 champion, the Australian still does not know what his future holds. Within the tricolor team, a seat is not guaranteed. At the end of the contract, Fernando Alonso is in the middle of negotiations and has not hidden his desire to continue the journey with Alpine. The Blues for their part do not want their ass to remain 2e consecutive year on the bench.

In the event of the addition of the Spaniard, Alpine will be eager to push Oscar Piastri to Aston Martin for at least one year pending the retirement of Fernando Alonso. In addition, the seat that Nicholas Latifi will vacate for Williams at the end of the season may eventually go to Logan Sargeant, a member of the English team’s academy and whose performance in F2 with Carlin caught the eye of its leaders.

Could Fernando Alonso be tempted by Aston Martin? ©DPPI/A. vincent

If Fernando Alonso does not extend and Oscar Piastri is promoted to Alpine, Aston Martin would have a good chance there. The two-time world champion wants to continue in F1 and can help the manufacturer from Gaydon to improve his image and above all take a step forward to eventually become a major force in the paddock. However, it will be important to convince Lawrence Stroll to pick up the checkbook as the Asturian is very greedy in terms of wages.

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