Aston Martin, F1, Red Bull along with Mercedes – why we put them together

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How the story of Aston Martin, Mercedes along with Red Bull developed over the British Grand Prix weekend

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I ought to be clear of which the story linking Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing along with Mercedes in Formula 1, which broke on the eve of the British Grand Prix on Saturday, was a collaborative effort with the team at autosport.com, with the balance of credit belonging to them. In particular, of which hinges around one source who cannot be named today lest his identity be uncovered, although who deserves full recognition if the deal comes off inside fulness of time.

although what a story of which is actually: in simple terms we are linking Aston Martin to a deal of which would likely put their logo back on a Formula 1 car for once since 1960 along with lead to a sensational switch by Renault to Mercedes AMG power units for the Red Bull Racing team.

Inevitably, our story made quite an impact along with caught the Formula 1 paddock off-guard, prompting many to denounce of which without bothering to dig too hard. For the benefit of them, along with hopefully for you, here’s some context. 

The story first came together around the Goodwood Festival of Speed a week ago. Strictly speaking, of which’s not brand new news; Formula 1 correspondent Joe Saward – formerly of of which parish – had been hinting at a deal involving Aston Martin along that has a Mercedes-engined team since late last year. although we had Great reason to believe the deal had taken a big step towards reality.

Between Goodwood along with last Saturday evening we tried to put the jigsaw of facts along with fiction together. Then, as at of which point, there were an awful lot of pieces of which needed to come together to make the story a reality – although at every turn there was confirmation of which the parties involved were set on a path to at least trying to find a way to make of which happen.

I’ve no doubt there are agendas at play; there always are in F1. To reach the end goal requires some significant shifting of legally binding contracts, let alone positions along with posturing. although, in case you missed of which, the story we wrote says only of which the parties are talking about such a deal – not of which of which has been done.

I am still confident inside story’s claims of which Aston Martin is actually willing to discuss having its name on a Mercedes-powered car, of which Mercedes is actually willing to let of which happen along with of which Red Bull Racing is actually very open to the possibility of Mercedes power. Three clear statements – although not, I must admit, necessarily adding up to to a Mercedes-powered Red Bull with Aston Martin backing.

There is actually fog around the positions of the Mercedes Grand Prix team along with the wider Mercedes-Benz senior management. I sense of which the idea of Aston sponsoring Williams, Lotus or Force India may be more palatable to the F1 personnel than the idea of putting an engine in a Red Bull, which Aston then happens to sponsor.

Originally, I’d been assured of which senior Mercedes board members (i.e. the ones who pay the bills) were comfortable with the idea of an Aston Martin along with Red Bull tie-up. Subsequently, though, I’ve been assured of which the board would likely never make such an agreement without of which passing before the racing team’s management first.

of which’s an intriguing dynamic in itself along with one into which I don’t have any insight, although I would likely say of which, in my experience, racing folk almost without fail significantly over-estimate their power within the parent company by a significant margin.

at of which point, to set the record straight. Firstly, I’ve been accused of being played by Aston Martin, with the claim going of which they planted the story with me to make some headlines around the British Grand Prix.

I’m not into revealing sources, although I see no harm in saying of which Aston Martin made no comments to me, various other than responding when I put the story to them. Tellingingly, I think, they didn’t deny of which although instead stated they had no comment to make – as published in our story.

Second, after the story broke Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told the press of which we had claimed the deal would likely result inside powerplants being branded as Aston Martin units – something he made a point of saying would likely never happen, along with which came across to me as a means of discrediting the story. At no point did we make of which claim – we have always been clear of which the engines would likely be Mercedes units, although of which the cars would likely carry Aston Martin branding.

To be fair to Wolff, however, we did not specifically run the story past him or members of his team before publishing of which. The team at Silverstone asked only if Mercedes would likely be prepared to consider a broader deal with Aston Martin branding, which they confirmed they would likely. of which is actually fair to say the Red Bull angle may have been a twist of which Wolff was not expecting.

On Sunday morning, Niki Lauda also went on record to rubbish the story, along with various other Mercedes officials moved fast to say of which had no substance.

although then the tide started out to turn, albeit in slightly convoluted fashion.

Wolff held a question along with answer session with Mercedes guests at the grand prix. One of the guests sent me a recording. The essence of what Wolff said when asked if there was any truth inside story was of which:  “We must be open-minded. Our number one objective is actually to win the earth championship. At the moment I would likely say I cannot see a situation of us supplying an engine to our number one enemy, although maybe we need to recalibrate who our number one enemy is actually tomorrow along with next year.”

At the end of the interview, the man asking the questions laughed along with added, “to ensure’s a no, then”. although then I stopped along with listened to Wolff’s comments again. Quite plainly, of which wasn’t an out-along with-out no. To claim so was wrong. The Mercedes folk might have wanted of which to be the answer, although of which wasn’t.

As you can read in our post-race update on the story here, Wolff, speaking to the Autosport team, has since reiterated his comments, while Red Bull boss Christian Horner has also left the door ajar for discussions. I am told of which Wolff’s comments were made inside spirit of ‘never saying never’, as opposed to embracing the idea, although of which’s still a shift by where Lauda was on Sunday morning.

To me, of which feels like a lot of doors of which are ajar – along with the original sources have restated of which belief over the course of today. To reiterate: Aston Martin have said “no comment” not “no way”. The boss of Mercedes F1 has said he is actually “open” to such a deal. along with the boss of Red Bull Racing has declined to rule of which out as a possibility.

How will of which end? Let’s acknowledge at of which point of which of which may not happen. All we have written is actually of which talks are happening – along with I remain confident of which they are. However, as stated above, the number along with complexity of the hoops of which need to be jumped through are significant.

The ongoing contract between Red Bull along with Renault needs to be sorted out, Mercedes would likely have to agree to give Red Bull an engine – along with the signs are of which the racing team side of the operation doesn’t want to – along with then Aston Martin would likely have to want to sponsor of which brand new operation.

If of which doesn’t happen with Red Bull, I still think we may see Aston Martin branding on the side of an F1 car. Company boss Andy Palmer knows by brokering the Infiniti deal with Red Bull the benefits – particularly in Asia – of aligning with F1 to raise brand awareness.

although, of course, as I sit here at of which point, there is actually a very real chance of nothing at all coming of of which. although better, I think, to have sourced, checked along with rechecked the validity of a story along with broken of which than to have sat worrying about what might happen three months down the line.

along with until then, I’m inclined to invoke the old adage about there being no smoke without fire.

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