Team owner Vijay Mallya had admitted during October’s Mexican GP weekend that rumours linking Force India with a potential naming sponsorship deal with the British luxury car manufacturer were true.
“We are in discussion,” he said, but “nothing has been finalised”.
And former two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen had said a few days later: “The Aston Martin brand fits very well with formula one, so I hope this actually does happen.”
But a source has now told Sky News that, following a board meeting, the partly Daimler-owned Aston Martin appears set to walk away from a deal.
“There is a definite inclination not to do it — in 2016, at least. But it could certainly be revisited in the future,” the source said.