Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Aston Martin weighing up two key factors

Aston Martin weighing up two key factors

ASTON Martin looks poised to ramp up its Formula 1 involvement from next year, with a view to supplying its own engines by 2021.

Team boss Christian Horner subsequently revealed that it was an early gearbox issue which meant Ricciardo was unable to challenge Hamilton, indeed there were fears the team might experience its first double DNF of the season.

The British sports vehicle manufacturer has not competed in F1 since 1960 but has slowly increased its involvement in recent years, teaming up with Red Bull as one of their sponsors in 2016.

Aston Martin, a 104-year-old firm whose road cars have become closely associated with fictional British secret agent James Bond, last competed in Formula One in 1960.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has had an existing relationship with Red Bull since his time with Infiniti. "If we get a reasonable regulation that brings down the cost of the engine, Aston would like to be involved in the engine". FIA has made a decision to upgrade the engines as the current ones are far too complex and are very costly to run.

"We've got a great relationship with Aston, obviously working on and developing the Valkyrie hypercar for them".

The more immediate question however is who shall power Red Bull Racing at the end of 2018 when, as anticipated, its engine supply contract with Renault comes to an end? The Japanese engine supplier recently cut a deal to supply engines for Red Bull's junior squad, Toro Rosso, instead of McLaren, from next year.

"I'm negotiating what we look like in the sport for next year but it's somewhat predicated on what the 2021 engine regulations look like", Palmer told Sky F1's Martin Brundle on his Singapore grid walk. Although Aston hasn't announced any potential partners, it already has a technical collaboration with Red Bull, so it stands to reason the partners could join forces in this new way.

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