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Aston Martin may become F1 engine supplier in 2021

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Aston Martin have confirmed to Sky F1 their interest in becoming an F1 engine supplier if the new regulations from 2021 prove attractive.

The luxury sportscar maker already has a relationship with Red Bull and they look set to become Red Bull’s title sponsor next year.

Although the energy drink owned team uses a Tag-Heuer branded Renault engine, Red Bull is also sponsored by the British luxury carmaker Aston Martin.

And in Singapore, one prominent attendee was Andy Palmer, the Aston chief executive.

Earlier in the weekend, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was asked about Porsche entering F1 but insisted “We have an existing relationship with an OEM that don’t make F1 engines”.

He was clearly referring to Aston Martin.

When asked if Aston might build an engine for Red Bull, Horner answered: “They can’t do that now, so it would have to be for 2021.”

Palmer confirmed: “We are studying the 2021 engine. If we get a reasonable regulation that brings down the cost, Aston would like to be involved.”

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

“Our partnership with Aston Martin continues to thrive and there will be further developments in this regard,” said Horner.

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

What could Aston Martin do?
Analysis from this week’s Sky F1 Report guests

Ex-Cosworth boss Mark Gallagher: “The Cosworth relationship with Aston Martin is a very good one and very close one. When you look at who attended the engine meeting just before the summer, Cosworth were there.

“Aston Martin and Red Bull enjoy a terrific relationship and Christian Horner referred to that at the weekend. Are all the pieces in place? I think they are and the money can be found to do that programme.

“The really interesting thing is that for McLaren come 2021 they may also do their own engine. Could it be the case that organisations like Aston Martin and McLaren come together and develop an engine that both teams could use in 2021? That’s not beyond the realms of possibility.”

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