Could we see Aston Martin in F1 by 2021?
There has been recent talks involving F1 figure heads, saying that new engine rules could be in the horizon, in order to reduce complexity and cost, so that new competitors are more easily attracted.
Palmer (Aston Martin boss) says that he would use F1 as a publicity and marketing stage, to increase and improve the current range of Aston Martin road cars.
Palmer had a lot to say about current issues in F1, claiming that it is no longer a drivers championship and now mechanics and technology is taking the limelight of the sport.
Well, one main reason to be honest. As mentioned before, Palmer wants to begin to expand the range of road going Aston Martin vehicles, as the company is starting to show potential once again. For example, last year Palmer made the company profitable for the first time since 2010.
However Palmer also wants to show that Aston Martin has the engineering capabilities to compete with current performance car giants who are also competing in Formula 1, such as Ferrari or McLaren.
Whats the catch?
Palmer has made it very clear that Aston Martin will not be able to compete in F1 unless there are considerable rule changes implemented within the sport. For example, a cap on the amount of time teams can invest in engine development.
This basically implies that Aston Martin wouldn't have the most competitive of budgets, which is very understandable from a company which hasn't been able to turn a profit for around 6 years! However this budget would still be in the "10s of millions"