Aston Martin return linked to Red Bull with Mercedes engines
The British sports Car manufacturer Aston Martin could be set to return to Formula 1 in a partnership with Red Bull racing in exchange for brokering a deal for running the Mercedes- Benz F1 engine in 2016 through a deal that is still under negotiation, according to the Autocar report publication.
According to this deal, Aston Martin would be the technical partner and have its logo on the cars, most likely around the air box and Mercedes would become the official engine partner of Red Bull racing team of F1.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: “We must be open-minded. Our number one objective is to win the world championship. At the moment I would say I cannot see a situation of us supplying an engine to our number one enemy – but maybe we need to recalibrate who our number one enemy is tomorrow and next year.”
“There are no discussions ongoing, nothing has been started, but you need to consider all the options,” he said. “I’m leaving the door open.”
Red Bull’s current contract with Renault runs until the end of 2016, although the future of both the team and engine supplier have been subject of speculation and has also been linked with a takeover of the Lotus team.
Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner, told Autosport: “The fact is, we have a contract with Infiniti and Renault until the end of 2016. Anything beyond that is pure speculation. Last week it was Ferrari, this week it’s Aston Martin, next week it will probably be Honda or Lamborghini. We have a contract and commitment with Infiniti, a very good relationship with Infiniti, and anything beyond the end of 2016 is purely speculative.”
Infiniti is the upmarket brand of Nissan, which is in an alliance with Renault.
Aston Martin is 5% possessed by Mercedes and contended in F1 for only two seasons, in 1959 and 1960, with exceptionally restricted achievement. Mercedes also has a 5% stake in Renault.
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