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Force India F1 set deal to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing

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Force India set deal to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing

Force India set deal to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing

The name Aston Martin is set to return to F1 grid 2016 season with Force India, with a latest report claiming the Silverstone based F1 squad is set for a re-branding and a new deal will see their cars become blue and gold with Aston Martin branded Mercedes engines.

The British sportscar maker had a short stint in F1 during the 1959 season as they competed in four races and returned for another two grads prix in 1960 before exiting the sport.

“Aston Martin wants to have a presence in F1 to take on sportscar rivals McLaren and Ferrari on track as well as off”. Autosport repoting

A Force India spokesman told Autosport: “We continue to have a number of discussions about 2016 and beyond with both our current and new partners who see a commercial value in a relationship with Force India.

“When the time is right we will make suitable announcements in conjunction with our commercial partners. The future remains very bright for the team.”

Mercedes, which owns a five 5% stake in Aston Martin, has already given the contract the go-ahead and Force India will race as Aston Martin Racing in 2016 while their livery will change to blue and gold.

Force India will have to apply to Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s commercial rights holder, to have the change in name approved.

The team have clung on in recent years financially, often performing beyond their means. Sergio Perez scored a podium in Russia, and the team sit fifth in the constructors’ championship.

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