Aston Martin wants to be more involved in Formula One

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

After a successful run at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin is looking to further its involvement in motorsport.

"I'm over here 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 explained.

He was clearly referring to Aston Martin.

United Kingdom publication Auto Express got the chance to talk to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who told them an involvement in F1 is very much on the table.

"We want to be more involved in the sport", Palmer told Britain's Channel 4 television while attending the Singapore Grand Prix. We don't know! But Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is willing to say who it won't be, or so he says.

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

Red Bull has partnered with Renault on F1 engines, but the relationship has been strained because its hybrid unit hasn't lived up to offerings from Ferrari and Mercedes.

Porsche has flagged its intentions to also supply engines in Formula 1, but wouldn't pull the trigger until new regulations are in place - like Aston. Top designer Adrian Newey, whose Renault-powered Red Bull race cars won four successive drivers" and constructors' titles between 2010-13, has worked with Aston Martin on the AM-RB 001 Valkyrie "hypercar'.

With Honda leaving McLaren for Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, that deal allows Red Bull to evaluate the Japanese manufacturer's performance next season with a view to subsequently using their engines too. Even then, both potential newcomers could decide against joining the ultra-expensive F1 circus.

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