Aston Martin Studying Partners For Potential F1 Engine Deal

Aston Martin appears increasingly interested in becoming a Formula One engine supplier when new regulations are implemented for the 2021 season.

In October, the FIA announced plans to retain the existing 1.6-liter V6 turbo formula but to increase the engine’s rev limit by 3,000 rpm and ditch the expensive and complex MGU-H heat energy recovery system.

Unsurprisingly, existing engine suppliers Mercedes, Renault, and Ferrari have raised doubts about the new power units. Despite this, Aston Martin believes it could help encourage the FIA to implement the proposed changes despite this backlash.

“We are acutely conscious that the current incumbents will try to bring the sport towards whatever they have right now,” Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said.

“I would if I was in their shoes too. We stick out there as the disruptor, which I like. If we do an engine, we won’t do it by ourselves. We’ll start now to look for partners.

“That’s a partnership from a technical point of view and from a manufacturing point of view. We are starting that study now in parallel to the machination of the regulations, Palmer revealed.

Speaking to Motorsport, Palmer said Aston Martin has submitted a letter to the FIA and Liberty Media about the impacts of the regulation changes on an independent manufacturer. In the letter, the British marque also expressed its support for the heat energy recovery system to be ditched.

If Aston Martin does decide to venture into Formula One, it would likely supply engines to Red Bull Racing.

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  • I love the idea of more manufacturer join in, even as a title sponsor but both Liberty Media and FOCA needs to be on the same page, since now they are really against this new regulations. And Ferrari has stated that they will resign if the regulations came forward.

    • Vassilis

      I don’t know how long you’ve been following the sport for but unfortunately lack of unity in terms of regulations has been around for many, many years. It’s pretty much the reason F1 isn’t as good as it can be. Ferrari will leave if the sport goes towards being a spec-series championship which won’t happen. Now if they leave because they’re being selfish I’ll be very disappointed in them. F1 needs to change, I have complete faith on Brawn succeeding in doing that and every team must help.

      • I’m sure you follow more than me, I’m really more like casual follower from the past few years and just become quite serious in a year or two. And I don’t support spec series either, maybe if it’s short term like in Indy can give some air to breath for teams but I doubt it will happened.

  • Bash

    This design has grown on me, and now I just love it.

  • Zandit75

    Hmmm, how does this affect AM’s dealings with Mercedes? They are going into competition against their own engine supplier for some of their cars!

    • EDDIMUNDO

      You do realise this is F1. Mercedes can’t hold the the to ransom over commercial engines.

    • Agreed with EDDIMUNDO there, this is like different partnership already, beside both side is happy with each other in terms of roadcar.

    • Shahul Usman

      Meh, Mercedes supplies the AMG 4.0 V8 for the DB11 as well as electonics (nav, screens, interface)… if they buy-out redbull, as MB I’d want a MB logo on there somewhere 😉