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Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20, leads Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
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Will Sebastian Vettel be Aston Martin’s F1 saviour?

Racing Point's decision to hire Sebastian Vettel for the start of its new era as Aston Martin is intriguing. Lawrence Stroll's team opted to cut the emotional ties to Sergio Perez to sign a multiple world champion, as the next step of a wider long-term strategy…

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If Formula 1 needs a reminder of its ruthlessness, consider Sergio Perez. Just over two years ago, he triggered the action that helped save what was then called Force India, with the separate entity its assets were transferred to becoming the current Racing Point squad.

In 2021, that team will become known as Aston Martin. And its drivers will be Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel. Perez finds himself heading out of the squad where he has raced since 2014 and which he can legitimately say he helped to save.

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