Sebastian Vettel says Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll has “a lot of raw speed” and wants to be open and transparent with the Canadian.
Stroll is entering his fifth season in Formula 1, and third with Aston Martin – formerly Racing Point – having joined the team after its acquisition by father, Lawrence.
Stroll’s presence has led to claims of nepotism but the youngster claimed two podiums in 2020 as well as his maiden pole position, achieved in low-grip conditions in Turkey.
On his new relationship with Stroll Vettel said: “Well it’s very clear I’m the old guy and he’s the young guy! Not only from the passport but I think I have a lot more experience.
“He has a lot of talent and raw speed, and I think he still can learn a lot. I’m happy to help, I’ve never been hiding anything from any team-mate in the past so I don’t see why I should start doing this now.
“I only see it as a win-win. In terms of speed I’ve never raced beside him so we’ll see, but I think some of the stuff he’s been going through is not fair. I think he has proven many times that he’s very quick.
“I think if you just take the pole position in Turkey, those were probably one of the most difficult track conditions I ever faced in 14/15 years of Formula 1.
“To not just stay on track but also nail the lap, and he managed to get on pole. So there needs to be a lot of talent to be able to do that.”