“Fresh start for Vettel after the toughest season”

Ross Brawn believes that Sebastian Vettel’s move to Aston Martin will be a “new beginning” for the German under fire.

Vettel competed in his big red award on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, P14 on an evening in which Ferrari failed to score any points.

It was a snapshot of his 2020 campaign, a season in which he was second best to Charles Leclerc because he was on the Yas Marina circuit and one in which points were hard to find.

Vettel finished the championship a disappointing P13, with only 33 points.

However, he was not the only driver to say goodbye to a team on Sunday night, with Carlos Sainz helping McLaren take third place in the Constructors’ Championship in his last race for the Woking team, while Daniel Ricciardo competed for his last grand prize in Renault colors. .

“The 2021 grid will look very different, with more drivers leaving the sport, while others change teams to start a new chapter,” Brawn wrote in his post-race column.

“Carlos Sainz signed a maximum before his move from McLaren to Ferrari, the Spaniard intensified his game once again this season, while Daniel Ricciardo signed his time at Renault with points and the fastest lap of race before his move to McLaren.

“This was another painful weekend for Sebastian Vettel, but the Aston Martin project gives him a chance to start again after the toughest season of his career.”

P13 in 2020 was Vettel’s worst result in Formula 1, even worse than his debut season with Toro Rosso, where he was eighth.

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While Formula 1 probably lost Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon or Sergio Perez from the grid, another man who said goodbye was Chase Carey.

The head of Formula 1 gave up after Abu Dhabi, handing over the reins of the former head of the Ferrari team, Stefano Domenicali.

Brawn applauded Carey for what he has done for the sport since Liberty Media became the owner.

“We thank our CEO Chase Carey for the past four years,” he said.

“As an ‘outsider’ in F1, he did a remarkable job of understanding the complexity and nuances of our sport.

“He gave us a fresh perspective on the commercial side and an enthusiastic perspective on the sport itself. He showed true leadership in some difficult times.

“Personally, it has been a pleasure working with Chase and I am very pleased that he will remain part of the family as non-executive chairman.”

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