Vettel will partner up with Lance Stroll for Aston Martin Racing in 2021 and the team are hoping the German "brings a fresh mindset" and that his signing "a clear statement of the team's ambition to establish itself as one of the most competitive names in the sport".
"I think it's one of the smartest moves that Aston Martin could do and I'm excited to see what he contributes and how he helps progress that team forward", said Hamilton.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack in Monza.
"Also, because they were very close to winning the championship one or two times, but they didn't".
"It wasn't an easy call because the last weeks and months have been quite intense for me", he explained.
"Ultimately, with Aston Martin coming in, it's the right decision to get the experience that Sebastian brings with him, the experience of a top team, that's where Aston Martin aspires to be". They are now fourth with a vehicle based on last year's title-winning Mercedes, while Ferrari are sixth.
Vettel, who has previously stated that he only had loose talks with the team over its future project, is keen to stay in F1.
"I have to put myself first in that regard, what's best for me, and what I've decided now, I believe it's the best for me, and I'm looking forward to proving that".
For Vettel, his signing with Aston Martin gives him a chance to add to an F-1 resume that includes four driving titles, 53 wins and 57 pole positions.
"I wanted to do better than I did but I tried everything". The team's performances this year are very encouraging.
"I think you should never take that for granted".
While the American was reluctant to reveal any details about the contract, Szafnauier hinted at a special clause that allowed the team to terminate Perez's deal ahead of its term.
Perez told reporters at the Tuscan Grand Prix at Italy's Mugello circuit that he was told on Wednesday by the team's Canadian owner Lawrence Stroll that they were "going in a different direction" and Vettel would be taking his place.
"I obviously want to race at the front of the grid, not at the back of the grid, so I think the team is giving me that chance".
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