Aston Martin Could Be Red Bull's Title Sponsor In 2018

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2017

Fernando Alonso is expected to stay at McLaren if they ditch Honda, while Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen may want out of Red Bull if the Japanese engine-maker comes on board.

The automaker is now considering an engine supplier role, one that could pair it with Red Bull Racing.

In Singapore, Red Bull Racing's management has declined to confirm the report but sources indicate that a deal to rename the team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing should be announced soon.

Speaking to Martin Brundle as part of Sky Sports' race broadcast, Aston's chief shed some light on the discussions, and what the brand is looking for from new regulations.

Max Verstappen says he isn't anxious by news that Red Bull could be forced to switch to Honda power from 2019 onwards, following reports that Renault will refuse to supply the Milton Keynes based team once its current deal expires.

Aston's executive also revealed that he is closely monitoring F1's work on its future engine regulations, adding that the company could consider building its own power unit if costs and technology are scaled back.

In the meantime, Aston Martin looks set to ramp up its involvement by becoming the Red Bull title sponsor in 2018.

Again, Palmer confirmed: "We'd like to be involved a little more next season and then join the dots".

The team now run Renault engines under Tag Heuer branding.

The company is now owned mainly by Kuwaiti and Italian investors and is seeking to boost its share of USA markets. Formula One, under new management since US -based Liberty Media took over in January, and the governing FIA are looking at what sort of unit will power the series once the current agreement expires in 2020. Last month the luxury sportscar maker reported its first half-yearly profit in nearly a decade, and is targeting full-year volumes to rise by around a third to roughly 5,000 cars. The main aim is to bring down costs via a less complex engine than today's 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid.

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