Aston Martin have been sitting on the boundary of F1 for a while now. They sponsor Red Bull Racing, they’ve worked with Red Bull on the new Aston Martin Valkyrie, and have also attended recent FIA engine meetings.
Now, Aston Martin have said that the company is considering being involved in a Formula 1 engine programme by the 2021 season, but only if the 2021 rules suit their situation and objectives.
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“We sit on the periphery of F1 with the Valkyrie and with Red Bull”, said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. “There’s always that question, would you want to enter as a team?
“Our major competitor is Ferrari, so in that sense there’s a rationale in being involved in some way. But for a company that’s only just moved to making a profit, we don’t have the 350-400 million a year that you have to spend on F1.
“If, and it really is the big if, there is a cap put on the number of people or the amount of money that you can spend on developing a new engine, and it’s at a reasonable level, we have a good reason to study it. At that moment, there are lots of opinions and it’s still morphing into whatever the final idea will be.
“We’ve been asked to study what the impacts on cylinder pressures would be, what the impact on performance would be. Obviously in our case, it’s a hypothetical engine.
“We’ve talked about what might be with various parties, but we haven’t decided. Hopefully it will be clearer in September, and that will allow us to make a proper decision.”
Do Aston Martin even make engines for their road cars anymore? If they do enter F1, would it be a Ricardo engine branded as an Aston Martin?
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– Aditya Bhat.