Vettel has massive footwear to fill as Perez’s alternative, says Brawn

4-times world champion Sebastian Vettel now has massive footwear to fill subsequent season after Sergio Perez gained Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix for Racing Level, Formulation One’s motorsport managing director Ross Brawn mentioned on Monday.

The 33-year-old German is becoming a member of from Ferrari, the place he has been out of types of late, to what would be the Aston Martin staff in 2021 in a transfer that has pushed on-form Mexican Perez out of the door.

Perez, three years youthful and within the type of his life, is fourth within the drivers’ standings after his first F1 win. He has no seat lined up for subsequent yr, nevertheless.

Brawn, in a column on the web site, repeated his view that it will likely be a ‘tragedy’ if Perez will not be racing subsequent season.

“The staff have to be interested the selections they’ve made, shedding him when he is driving so effectively,” mentioned the Briton.

“His alternative Sebastian Vettel I am positive will come again stronger, as he is in a little bit of a trough for the time being, however Checo (Perez) is a assured deal. In order that’ll be attention-grabbing to see how that develops.

“In a approach, Seb has some pretty massive footwear to fill now, even when he is a world champion.”

Vettel gained his titles with Purple Bull from 2010-13 and has 53 wins to his credit score.

Racing Level’s different driver is Lance Stroll, son of the Canadian billionaire proprietor Lawrence Stroll and in no hazard of shedding his seat.

Brawn additionally hailed Briton George Russell, who stood in at Mercedes for Lewis Hamilton whereas the seven-times world champion was recovering from COVID-19, for an distinctive efficiency.

“I at all times thought he was a great Grand Prix driver,” mentioned the previous Mercedes staff boss. “However you no means know if he has that final little little bit of pace that marks you out as a superb driver.

“George demonstrated that he has bought that further little bit – and a star is born. There’s now little doubt that he is F1 world champion materials.”

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