Connect with us

2016 F1

Force India Aston Martin deal could be another blow to McLaren

Published

on


Force India Aston Martin deal could be another blow to McLaren

Force India Aston Martin deal could be another blow to McLaren

After eight years in formula one as Force India, the Silverstone based team could change its name ahead of the 2016 season.

Multiple reports from Mexico City suggest team supremo Vijay Mallya is in talks with Aston Martin, the British luxury car manufacturer, about a naming sponsorship deal and a new blue and gold livery.

The Mercedes engines, meanwhile, would also be rebranded as Aston Martin, thanks to the close relationship between the two carmakers outside of F1.

“We are in discussion,” Mallya admitted, “nothing has been finalised, we have many options and I’ll be able to confirm or otherwise once I have something to say.”

The Indian millionaire added that he doesn’t like to “count my chickens before they hatch”.

The reports also claim that Force India is in talks with Johnnie Walker, the whisky brand and current McLaren sponsor.

Johnnie Walker is owned by Diageo, a drinks company with strong links to Mallya’s own alcoholic beverages firm United Breweries.

Force India had a difficult start to the 2015 season amid a cash flow crisis, and has since lodged a complaint about the sport’s governance with the European Commission.

“We’ve been through hard times, as every team does,” team driver Sergio Perez told the Spanish newspaper El Pais. “This sport and life in general is always like that.

“But it was always very clear that we are going forward,” said the Mexican.

A tripartite alliance between Force India, Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker could be another blow to McLaren, the once-great F1 grandee who are enduring an horror season in collaboration with struggling engine maker Honda.

“Many people ask me if I’m glad that McLaren are in trouble and I’m really not,” said Perez, who was dispensed by the British outfit after a single season in 2013.

“I have great friends there who deserve to be doing better because they are very capable. But I think there are decisions made in the past that are being paid for today,” he added.

“My only regret is that I signed for McLaren. Other than that, nothing.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F119 hours ago

Sirotkin to test DTM, Hartley to Porsche

Sergey Sirotkin could keep his motor racing career alive in the German touring car series DTM. SMP Racing, his Russian...

2018 F119 hours ago

McLaren not ‘copying’ Red Bull car – Sainz

Carlos Sainz has played down claims McLaren is ‘copying’ Red Bull’s chassis concept for 2019. With Red Bull moving to...

2018 F119 hours ago

Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract

Organisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc...

2018 F12 days ago

Berger sees F1 chance for nephew Auer

is hoping his nephew may have a future in formula one. One the one hand, the F1 legend said he...

2018 F12 days ago

Hamilton teammate Bottas ‘is not there’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has admitted he will try to emulate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ approach to winning the world championship. The...

2018 F12 days ago

Mexico GP future in doubt

A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic...

2018 F12 days ago

“I did not lose confidence in myself at any time,” – Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz says he will do his best to “lead” McLaren from the cockpit in 2019. The Spaniard is moving...

2018 F13 days ago

Sirotkin, Wehrlein eye Ferrari role for 2019

Two drivers may be eyeing Daniil Kvyat’s job at Ferrari for 2019. This year, Russian Kvyat was a Ferrari development...

2018 F13 days ago

“I just wanted to make it better,”- Verstappen

Max Verstappen has revealed that he is prepared to be patient with Honda in 2019. Especially in 2018 as the...

2018 F13 days ago

Gasly ‘not afraid’ of Verstappen

Pierre Gasly says he is not worried about pairing up with Max Verstappen at Red Bull next year. Gasly replaces...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media