Part of Stroll's strategy to add to the profile of the team was his recruitment of Vettel, despite the paths of the 33-year-old German and Perez seemingly heading in opposite directions last season. While Perez could do no wrong, with his maiden F1 victory at the 191st attempt when he took the chequered flag in the Sakhir Grand Prix, one of the highlights of the season, Vettel's stock plummeted as he endured the worst campaign of his career. It remains to be seen whether it was a one-off season for Vettel, who clearly failed to motivate himself after being told by Ferrari before a wheel had turned in anger last year that his sixth season with the Scuderia would be his last, while he also struggled with a car that was far from his liking.
In Aston Martin, Vettel will be with a team building on solid foundations from a fourth-place finish in the constructors' championship – that would have been third but for the highly contentious 15-point deduction over the copying furore – and one willing to throw a comforting arm around him again to ensure he delivers his best.
"I don't think Sebastian has forgotten how to drive a race car fast," assessed Szafnauer. "He knows how to win world championships.
"I am sure we will learn lots from him, which is why we have hired him. We will give him the support structure he needs in order to feel comfortable in the team and start performing at the levels we know he is capable of.
"I think together, with that support structure, with showing him the love, so to speak, then what he can bring to the team can lift us all.
"We have a great driver with fabulous car control, but young, in Lance [Stroll], not as experienced as Seb, and then we have a four-time world champion with that experience of winning that Seb brings, and I think that combination will lift the whole team."
For now, Aston Martin and Sebastian Vettel appear to be a match made in heaven, one that offers so much potential, but seemingly with still so much to prove.
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