Aston Martin edges nearer to F1 showdown
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.