Aston Martin Weighs Joining F1 In 2021

Racing is a big part of what Aston Martin does and the image it conveys. But it could soon take a big step up from GT racing to Formula One.

After taking part in an F1 engine strategy session, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer spoke with Motorsport.com about the company’s prospects of getting in on the grand prix racing action in the coming years – if the conditions are ripe.

“We sit on the periphery of F1, with the Valkyrie, and with Red Bull,” Palmer told Motorsport.com, in reference to the hypercar it’s currently developing. “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.”

There remain a number of possible ways in which Aston could move into F1. Launching its own team seems unlikely, but it could act as an engine supplier, either with Cosworth (which is also evaluating a potential return to the series) or with another partner. Palmer revealed that in addition to Aston and Cosworth, representatives of other interested parties were present at the recent strategy session – including former Mercedes engine partner Ilmor and Ricardo, which is supplying the gearbox for the Valkyrie (and helped McLaren Automotive develop and produce its engines).

“There is no certainty. We obviously have a good relationship with Cosworth,” said Palmer, but he wouldn’t rule out partnering with Ricardo or Ilmor. “We were all listening. 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.”

Aston currently sponsors the Red Bull team (with which it’s partnered on the Valkyrie) in a similar relationship that Palmer brokered when he was chairman of Infiniti. But he hopes for deeper involvement in the future. “I’ve never been a fan of just simple sponsorship. I always try to get some degree of authenticity, and the more authenticity the better really,” added Palmer. “At the moment the authenticity comes through Valkyrie, and the fact that Adrian Newey is working with us. But if we can put it in the other direction, and we can find something where we can contribute technically, then I’m all in favour.”

Photo Gallery

GM’s Baojun 530 Gets Updated For The 2020MY In China

Pricing for the 2020 Baojun 530, which sports a number of design changes and new tech, starts from $11k.

Volvo S60, V60 And XC60 Polestar Engineered Launched In The UK

Priced from £56,105, the 399 HP S60 Polestar Engineered is Volvo’s fastest accelerating car yet, sprinting to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Former Mitsubishi Executive Tipped To Replace Linda Jackson As Citroen CEO

Jackson took over as Citroen’s CEO in 2014 and, although the company did confirm hiring Mitsubishi’s ex head of production, didn’t comment on any leadership change.

McLaren 720S Stood No Chance Against Hennessey’s Corvette ZR1

The tuned Corvette ZR1 has 1200 hp while the McLaren makes do with 710, at least officially, but even so, it managed to put up a good fight.

A Pagani Owner Just Drove Coast-To-Coast In His Huayra Roadster

This Huayra Roadster traveled for three days, adding 3,000 miles on its odo – more than what most others will in a year, if not longer .

Turn Heads With This 2011 Audi R8 Spyder And Enjoy Its V8 And Six-Speed Manual

This R8 V8 Spyder only has 8250 miles on the clock and, with three days left in the auction, the highest bid is $63k.

Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT Concept Is Pure Sex On Wheels

The stunningly designed concept brings the styling of the original Montreal into the 21st century in spectacular fashion.

2020 Mercedes GLS: Luxurious And Comfortable, But Not As Cool As An X7 Or Range Rover

The 2020 GLS 450 is powered by a new turbocharged inline-six and costs $76,195, yet it might be too conservative for its own good.

The 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe Is Already Out And About

The new M235i Gran Coupe is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four delivering 301 HP to all four wheels.

Subaru Impreza 22B STi Is Stunning, But It’s Also An $128k Affair

The Impreza 22B STi can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds thanks to its bespoke 2.2-liter turbo four.