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In review: The on-track moments that made our season

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team's debut Formula One season brought a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish.

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

From the pride of revealing the AMR21 to the world and claiming a maiden F1 podium for Aston Martin in Baku to some truly challenging weekends, there was never a dull moment in 2021.

As a team, we're always striving for more, and the highs and lows of this year, alongside the unwavering support of our fans, will only make us stronger.

With one eye on F1's new technical revolution for 2022, we're taking the time to reflect on the best moments of a memorable season.

Back on track

The AMR21 took to the track for the very first time on March 4th, just one day after it was revealed to the world in a global online launch.

After more than a year of preparation and development, there was a huge sense of pride throughout the team as the car turned its wheels for the first time.

It was a historic moment on that wet morning at Silverstone too, as Aston Martin ran a works Formula One car at the home of British motorsport for the first time in 61 years.

Lance and Sebastian both drove the AMR21, sharing the allocated 100km of running on Pirelli demo tyres, and anticipation only grew for the first race of the season.

AMR21 on track

History made at Silverstone

Sixty-one years after an Aston Martin works car last competed in F1, Lance and Sebastian both drove the AMR21 at Silverstone, making history in the process.

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Lance behind the wheel of the AMR21 at Silverstone
Lance behind the wheel of the AMR21 at Silverstone

The supporting cast

At the first race of the season in Bahrain, it wasn't just the AMR21 making its Formula One debut, with the brand-new Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car and DBX Medical Car joining us on track.

The striking combination of support vehicles has featured at multiple Grands Prix this year, bringing an extra flash of our iconic green to the grid.

Formula One has provided Aston Martin with a platform for the future as it strides forward with Project Horizon: a wider portfolio, V8 mid-engined supercars and full electrification beyond 2025.

Inspired by Formula One and harnessing the expertise of the team, Aston Martin has also launched the futuristic Valhalla and the ultimate hypercar racer, the Valkyrie AMR Pro.

DBS & DBX

Meet the Safety / Medical Car

For the first time in the history of Formula One, the Official Safety and Medical cars bear the famous wings of Aston Martin. Get up close with the performance and safety advances that make the Vantage and DBX the perfect fit for supporting Grand Prix racing.

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The new Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car
The new Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car

Monaco magic

Following a tough start to the season, Sebastian and Lance showcased their racecraft on the toughest circuit on the calendar for overtaking: the Circuit de Monaco.

After starting seventh, quick-thinking from the strategy team and two superb in-laps from Sebastian allowed him to jump both Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly in the stops.

Meanwhile, Lance made it a double-points score in Monaco in eighth, charging up the order from 13th through clever strategy and a lightning start.

After a challenging beginning to the F1 comeback, this was a shot in the arm. But greater things were around the corner…

Monaco Grand Prix

Street fighters

Relive the Monaco Grand Prix with our in-depth race report. Hear from Sebastian, Lance and Otmar as they recap the main talking points of our Monaco weekend.

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2021 Monaco Grand Prix
2021 Monaco Grand Prix

History made in Baku

Coming into the 2021 season, Aston Martin had never scored a Formula One World Championship podium. But a thrilling, topsy-turvy Azerbaijan Grand Prix changed that.

Starting 11th on the grid and with the resulting advantage of free tyre selection, Sebastian ran a strong opening stint to sit sixth on track and a net fifth due to Lance running off-strategy ahead.

A high-speed incident for Lance on the start-finish straight, through no fault of his own, led to a Safety Car, just as Sebastian was hounding the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc ahead.

As Leclerc and Gasly battled into Turn One on the restart, Sebastian struck. Gasly locked up, forcing the Ferrari driver into backing out as the four-time World Champion moved into fifth.

Gasly, who lost time because of the lock-up, then couldn't prevent Sebastian from slipstreaming into fourth.

Sebastian began to reel in Lewis Hamilton and, as a crash for Max Verstappen brought out the red flags once more, the sole remaining Aston Martin driver was lifted into the podium places.

When his Mercedes rival locked up at Turn One on the restart, Sebastian pounced for second and held firm in a two-lap sprint to the flag to seal the result.

History made. Aston Martin on a World Championship podium for the first time.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sebastian's podium charge

Relive Sebastian Vettel's charge to Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team's first podium in a thrilling and dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Qatar comeback

The Qatar Grand Prix was a true test of speed and tyre management, and after leapfrogging Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian at Turn One on the first lap, Lance's second stint proved that point perfectly.

Having undercut Carlos Sainz Jr, Lance managed the tyres perfectly as others suffered degradation and punctures to finish sixth.

While Sebastian's eventful first lap relegated him to 17th, he worked his way up to 10th before pitting, returning to the track in 16th and moving back into the points as rival strategies unfolded.

A double-points score on a track that was brand-new to Formula One not only underlined the great skill of Sebastian and Lance, but also the talent and dedication of the supporting team.

Qatar Grand Prix

The making of Lance and Seb's races

Uncover the data and strategies behind Lance and Sebastian's drives into the points and review the key talking points of F1's step into the unknown in Qatar.

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Sebastian Vettel, Qatar Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, Qatar Grand Prix

A glimpse into the future

Formula One is on the verge of an exciting new era, kickstarted by new and dramatic looking cars. At the British Grand Prix, the world got a sneak peek of what's to come…

The cars are designed to create more exciting racing, with close attention paid to advanced aerodynamics, despite a sleeker and more simplistic design.

The team began working on its 2022 car early in 2021 and has continued to develop its challenger alongside the current development of the AMR21.

While it was not our own 2022 car, we were able to demonstrate how the Aston Martin design could look next year as Formula One's new era draws closer.

First look

2022 F1 car revealed

Formula One unveiled the 2022 car at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix. Here's an exclusive look at how our 2021 livery would look on the next generation of Grand Prix racers.

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Render of Aston Martin 2021 livery on the 2022 design
Render of Aston Martin 2021 livery on the 2022 design

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