Aston Martin is now back in Formula 1
British automotive marque Aston Martin returns to the world of Formula 1 following the reveal of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team for the 2021 season.
The new AMR21 is set to have its debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28—which signals another significant chapter in the 108 year history of the brand and the comeback of the British luxury brand for the first time in more than 60 years.
During an online presentation, Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll described the return as an “important event in automotive history.” The latest contender in the Formula 1 scene will be the first works to carry the famous wings since Maurice Trintignant’s DBR5 crossed the finish line at Silverstone back in 1960.
The AMR21, to be driven by four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, wears the striking Aston Martin Racing Green livery and is bedecked by a host of global partners, led by American IT giant Cognizant. The chassis is garbed with magenta stripe down the side in reference to the team’s longstanding partner BWT.
It was also during the event that Aston Martin announced the nearing completion of the 200,000 square-foot facility that will complement the existing Aston Martin F1 factory at Silverstone—set to be completed by second half of next year.
2022 will also pave way for Aston Martin celebrating a century since its entry in the grand prix in France.
The new AMR21 will be powered by a turbo-charged Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance engine with hybrid energy recovery. It will have its premiere run in Silverstone during a promotional day on March 4, before heading to a full test program in Bahrain on March 12-14.
The Aston Martin executive chairman said that he has “dreamed about this day for a very long time.”
“I’ve always been a car guy and I’ve always loved racing, too. My first dream was to own a Formula One team. My second dream was to acquire a significant shareholding in Aston Martin Lagonda. Today is about the merging of those two dreams. So, as I say, today is all about dreams, and it shows that dreams really can come true, in the shape of our new AMR21,” Stroll noted.
“Aston Martin returning to Formula One after an absence of 61 years will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans, commanding global attention. The team who designed and built our new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 car—the 500 men and women who conceive, manufacture, build and prepare our cars so that we can go racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport—has always punched above its weight. Now, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, it has the power with which to punch even harder,” he added.
“This is just the beginning. The team is pushing forward, and our ambitions are limitless. We now have the pieces in place, the people and the partners, to make real progress," Stroll concluded.
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