Fresh news brewing after the 2017 Singapore grand prix is that the British luxury sportscar manufacturer might make come back in Formula 1 and speculations suggest that Aston Martin Racing might tie up with Red Bull as a title sponsor and is considering future engine involvement. “We want to be more involved in the sport,” said Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin to Britain’s Channel 4 television while attending the Singapore Grand Prix. “We’re currently studying the 2021 engine. If we get a reasonable regulation that brings down the cost of the engine, Aston would like to be involved in the engine,” added the Palmer. Aston Martin gradually wants to increase its presence in F1 starting next season and then join the dots, however a lot will depend on the new engine regulations. Red Bull already has an existing partnership with the British sportscar maker and is carrying Aston Martin branding since 2016. Adrian Newly who designed the Renault-powered Red Bull Formula 1 cars helped the team to register four successive drivers’ and constructors’ championships between 2010-2013, has also worked with Aston Martin in the development of AM-RB 001 Valkyrie ‘hypercar’.
Moreover, Andy Palmer during his days with Nissan played a key role in negotiating Red Bull’s deal with Nissan owned Infiniti brand which has now gone to the Renault works team, to partner Red Bull. The team currently uses Renault engines branded by Tag Heuer.
Aston Martin last raced in Formula 1 way back in 1960. Formula 1 management and governing body FIA are yet to finalize on the power unit once the current agreement expires in 2020 and post the announcement Aston Martin would consider building and supplying engines to Red Bull. Reports suggest that the management is looking to bring down costs and allow a cheaper and less complex engine than the current 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid power units, one that could also encourage new manufacturers into the sport.