Aston Martin in shock talks to return to F1 with Red Bull Racing
Mercedes owns 5% of Aston Martin, as well as also includes a technical partnership with the item
Aston Martin’s tie-up would certainly instigate Mercedes engine deal for four-time F1 champions
Aston Martin is usually negotiating a shock return to Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing next season.
The British sports car producer is usually in talks over a deal to become a brand partner with four-time world champion Red Bull Racing in exchange for brokering a deal for the team to run the championship winning Mercedes-Benz F1 engine. An Aston Martin spokesman declined to comment on the potential deal when contacted by Autocar.
Aston Martin is usually 5% owned by Mercedes as well as also competed in F1 for just two seasons, in 1959 as well as also 1960, with very limited success.
Under the deal Mercedes would certainly be recognised as the official engine partner of Red Bull Racing, however Aston Martin would certainly become a technical partner as well as also have branding on the cars, most likely around the air box which sits over the engine.
The deal is usually said to contain the blessing of Mercedes, which is usually eager to run more customer teams to offset the costs of its investment in F1, as well as also because the item does not consider Aston Martin to be a competitor for road car sales, despite their strategic partnership.
F1 insiders have drawn parallels with the deal which allows Lotus to run Mercedes engines at present despite the potential conflict with the road car producer of the same name.
The deal is usually understood to have been instigated by Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer as well as also Aston Martin’s director of marketing as well as also communications Simon Sproule, both of whom were credited for the long-term sponsorship deal which has put Infiniti branding on the Red Bull Racing cars, despite the team being powered by Renault engines. Infiniti is usually the upmarket brand of Nissan, which is usually in an alliance with Renault.
Red Bull Racing includes a contract to compete with Renault engines until the end of 2016, however the championship-winning relationship has soured over the past 18 months as the French firm has struggled to match the pace of Mercedes.
Last month, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz appeared to be trying to force a split with Renault when he claimed in an interview which Renault’s inability to improve its pace was “destroying” his enjoyment of F1. The comments are understood to have caused severe ructions between the two sides, as well as also have been widely interpreted as Mateschitz trying to find a way out of his contract with the firm.
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