As­ton Martin edges nearer to F1 show­down

Autosport (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - KEVIN TURNER EDI­TOR

AS­TON MARTIN DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD FOR­MULA 1 his­tory. It has man­aged to be­come one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious brands with­out any suc­cess at the pin­na­cle of sin­gle-seater rac­ing, its com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess mainly con­fined to en­durance events.

But with road-car ri­vals such as Fer­rari and Mclaren en­gaged in F1, it makes sense for As­ton Martin to try to demon­strate its abil­i­ties in the most vis­i­ble mo­tor­sport con­test of all.

Whether As­ton Martin ac­tu­ally takes the next, cru­cial step and be­comes an F1 en­gine sup­plier prob­a­bly de­pends on two things.

The first, and most im­por­tant, is that F1’s 2021 reg­u­la­tions make de­vel­op­ing and build­ing a pow­er­plant sen­si­ble and af­ford­able.

The sec­ond may have some­thing to do with how things are go­ing with Red Bull. If the Mil­ton Keynes-based team, as ex­pected, takes Honda en­gines in 2019 and things don’t work out, it will be look­ing for another part­ner. Hav­ing learned the lessons of ’15, Red Bull won’t want to be left with only Re­nault as an en­gine op­tion.

If As­ton Martin does en­ter, it will be a boost for F1, pro­vid­ing the Bri­tish name can be more com­pet­i­tive than its first foray in 1959.

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