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Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green is certain the team can get the best out of Sebastian Vettel, who has joined them following a difficult 2020 season at Ferrari.

Vettel has replaced Sergio Perez in their line-up. The team, previously known as Racing Point, cut Perez’s contract short by two years to sign Vettel, after Ferrari announced they would not retain him for the 2021 F1 season.

Green said Vettel “is fitting in really well” at Aston Martin. “I think he’s gelling with his crew and with the team.

“He’s obviously a very likeable chap but he’s also incredibly knowledgeable and meticulous about the way he works. And that’s exactly why we wanted him involved.

“We’re starting to see how we can adapt to his way of working. It is different to the way we worked before. But that’s the exact reason why we got him in, is to impart some of his knowledge and wisdom on us a four-times world champion. It’s exactly what we need.”

The four-times world champion will drive the new AMR21, which was launched today, at Silverstone tomorrow. Green said the team has already discovered Vettel’s handling preferences are quite different to Perez’s.

“He does have his own personal driving style, but that’s no different to the driving styles that we’ve seen from other drivers,” said Green.

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“I’d say not as extreme as the driver he’s replacing who had a very extreme driving style that was very difficult to get right at all tracks. It shone at certain tracks and didn’t at others.

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“Seb’s style is a lot less extreme and we have the tools and capability to tune the car to suit him, for sure. We’ve already started working on that, we’ve been working on that for the last month in the simulator and he seems very happy with the direction that we’ve taken. So no problems there.”

Vettel appeared despondent at times during his sub-par 2020 campaign, when team mate Charles Leclerc scored almost three times as many points as him. However Green is confident they can help their new driver get back to his best.

“We haven’t really got into where his head was at previously,” said Green. “We’re a team looking forward.

“All I can say is he appears incredibly relaxed and he has integrated into the team very quickly. His contributions started immediately.

“So I think we’re going to get the best out of Seb, I really do. He’s at the top of his career, he’s there. If we can’t extract the best out of Seb then it’s our fault, not his.”

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