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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel believes customer teams can win F1 titles

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel thinks the belief that only factory teams can world championships is outdated.

Sebastian Vettel spent six unsuccessful seasons with Ferrari ultimately being forced to leave the team. The German has found a new home at Aston Martin and thinks being in a customer team won't harm his championship chances.

The Mercedes F1 team has made the sport a bit of a procession in recent years. However, prior to the Mercedes era, Red Bull were the form team, the Austrian outfit relied on Renault to supply them with power-units and they remain the last example of a customer team winning titles in F1, something they did with Sebastian Vettel himself.

"I'm not worried about that (being in a customer team), I think your fears are old school," Vettel told Autosport.com.

"The world has moved on. I think in the past, probably you were right.

"With somebody like Mercedes, I think we can trust that you get a very fair treatment. And if you are faster, then you are allowed to beat them.

"As I said, this sort of mindset is way out of date. As a principle. I see where you're coming from, but I'm not worried.

"If we are very, very close to Mercedes, that is a very good achievement. So it will be the last thing I would worry about."

With a technical overhaul on the horizon, the running order in F1 could be set for a shake-up. If Aston Martin can carry over over their historically resourceful nature in their latest guise then there is no reason why they can't succeed especially in F1's newest era.


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