Aston Martin could tie up with Red Bull Racing in Formula One as McLaren swap Honda for Renault
Aston Martin is considering entering Formula One as an engine supplier from 2021, Auto Express can exclusively reveal.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, told Auto Express: “We are studying 2021 engine regulation changes and that might provoke us to supply an independent F1 engine if the conditions are appropriate.”
Aston Martin already has a technical partnership with Red Bull Racing, with its Valkyrie road car being developed with input from the F1 team. Becoming an engine partner of the Milton-Keynes-based former world champions would therefore make some sense.
Red Bull Racing’s relationship with Renault has become fractious over the past few seasons with the French company’s F1 hybrid engine lagging behind the performance offered by rivals Mercedes and Ferrari.
With McLaren taking over the supply of Renault engines originally earmarked for Toro Rosso – now partnering with Honda for 2018 – the French manufacturer has decided to end its relationship with Red Bull. The partnership has been under strain for some time, with Red Bull branding its Renault engine supply with a TAG Heuer sponsorship deal since 2016.