Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel should be wary of his new environment at Aston Martin, according to former F1 team principal Colin Kolles.
Kolles, who previously served as team principal of various F1 teams – including Jordan, Midland, Force India and most recently HRT – said he believes the combination of Lawrence Stroll and Toto Wolff at Aston Martin could be “very dangerous” for Vettel.
“I am of the opinion that the Stroll-Wolff combination is a very dangerous one for Sebastian Vettel,” Kolles said.
“Many factors are playing a role in the background,” he added, without elaborating any further.
Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll owns the Aston Martin F1 Team and British automotive company Aston Martin Lagonda, and it is rumoured that Wolff recently purchased a stake in the car-maker.
Kolles also commented on his previous relationship with Wolff and fired a jibe at the Austrian.
“Mr Wolff was a business partner of mine – I brought him into Formula 1, even if some people don’t want to know anything about that.”
Continuing, he downplayed Wolff’s contribution to Mercedes’ domination of the V6 turbo-hybrid era of Formula 1, saying: “The structures were all established by [former team principal Ross Brawn].
“He [Wolff] is called the lap dog of Mr Stroll. That is a quote from Bernie Ecclestone,” he added.