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Aston Martin in Formula One

United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes
Aston Martin F1.svg
Full nameAston Martin Cognizant F1 Team[1]
BaseSilverstone, England, UK
(2021-)
Team Lawrence Stroll
(Chairman)
Otmar Szafnauer
(CEO & Team Principal)
Technical directorAndrew Green
WebsiteOfficial website
Previous nameRacing Point F1 Team
2021 Formula One World Championship
Race drivers05. Germany Sebastian Vettel
18. Canada Lance Stroll
Test drivers27. Germany Nico Hülkenberg[2]
ChassisAston Martin AMR21
EngineMercedes M12 E Performance
TyresPirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1959 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry2021 Italian Grand Prix
Races entered20 (19 starts)
EnginesAston Martin, Mercedes
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Podiums1
Points59
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
Aston Martin as a Formula One engine manufacturer
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1959 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry
Races entered6 (5 starts)
ChassisAston Martin
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Podiums0
Points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0

Aston Martin is a British car manufacturer that has participated in Formula One in various forms. The company first participated in Formula One during the 1959 season where they debuted the DBR4 chassis using their own engine but it failed to score any points. They continued to perform poorly through the 1960 season, once again failing to score any points. As a result, Aston Martin decided to leave Formula One after 1960.

A commercial rebranding of Formula 1's Racing Point F1 Team led to the team being rebranded as Aston Martin for 2021, though competes using Mercedes power units. The team, owned by Lawrence Stroll, is headed by Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll as their main drivers.

History

David Brown Corporation (1959-1960)

The Aston Martin DBR4 which was driven by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby.

Aston Martin first entered Formula One with the DBR4, their first open-wheel racing car. The DBR4 was first built and tested in 1957, but did not make its Formula One debut until 1959. This delay was caused by the company prioritising development of the DBR1 sports car, which went on to win the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. By the DBR4's world championship debut at the Dutch Grand Prix, it had become outdated and struggled for pace against its competitors, with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori qualifying 10th and 13th respectively out of 15.[3][4] Salvadori retired from the race in the early laps with an engine failure, with Shelby's car suffering the same fate later in the race.[5]

The team's next entry came at the British Grand Prix where Salvadori surprised by qualifying in 2nd place.[6] Early in the race, one of Shelby's ignition magnetos failed, harming his car's pace. The second magneto failed late in the race, causing his retirement. Salvadori could only hold on to 6th place, narrowly missing out on a points finish.[7] At the Portuguese Grand Prix, both cars avoided issues to finish 6th and 8th but still failed to score points.[8] Aston Martin's final entry of the season was the Italian Grand Prix where both cars continued to struggle, qualifying only 17th and 19th.[9] During the race, Salvadori had run as high as 7th before suffering an engine failure whilst Shelby came home to finish 10th.[10] The car was significantly outdated by its rivals and failed to score any points.[3]

Aston Martin built the DBR5 to compete in the 1960 season. The DBR5 was based on its predecessor but was lighter and featured an independent suspension. However, the car had a heavy engine in the front and was regularly outclassed by the more commonplace rear-engined cars.[3][11] The team's first entry of the season came at the Dutch Grand Prix, but the DBR5 was not yet ready to compete. As a result, only Salvadori was entered into the race, driving the spare DBR4. He could only qualify 18th.[12] Despite being allowed to start the race, Aston Martin were told by the race organisers that they would not be paid. The team therefore refused to start the race.[13] The DBR5s were ready for the team's next race in Britain, with Salvadori and Maurice Trintignant taking part. Salvadori retired from the race with steering problems, and Trintignant could only finish 11th, five laps behind the leader.[14]

Following this string of poor results, with the team failing to score a single championship point,[15] Aston Martin abandoned Formula One entirely after the British Grand Prix to focus on sports car racing.

Potential return and sponsorship (2008, 2010, 2016-2020)

In 2006, David Richards, who leads the consortium that owns Aston Martin, and his tech firm Prodrive were granted a spot as a potential entrant for the 2008 Formula One World Championship.[16] Upon speculation of an Aston Martin F1 return, Richards made it clear that Aston Martin had a long way to go until it was ready for an F1 team. He believed the route to being competitive was to partner with an existing team, rather than setting up a new team with Aston Martin and Prodrive.[17] In 2009, Richards again announced his intent to return to Formula One in 2010 with the possibility of using the Aston Martin name, however, this did not come to fruition.[18] Between 2016 and 2020 Aston Martin served as a sponsor for Red Bull Racing, and as title sponsor of the team between 2018 and 2020.[19][20]

Aston Martin F1 Team (2021-)

In January 2020, a funding investment from Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll into Aston Martin saw him take a 16.7 percent stake in the company.[21][22] This resulted in the commercial rebranding of Racing Point UK's Racing Point F1 Team into Aston Martin F1 Team for the 2021 season. The team competes with Mercedes power units, which it has done under its various names since 2009.[23] Sergio Pérez was under contract to drive for them until 2022, but he was replaced by four-time World Drivers' Champion Sebastian Vettel, who previously drove at Ferrari, for the 2021 championship.[24][25] Cognizant is the team's title sponsor.[26] The team is headquartered in Silverstone, with a new 37,000 square metres (400,000 sq ft) facility set to be operational by 2023.[27][28] The facility will be based directly opposite the Silverstone circuit on the 29 acres of land at Litchlake Farm.[29][30][31] Aston Martin is the sixth different constructor to operate from the Silverstone base since 1991.[32] Vettel earned Aston Martin's first podium by finishing second in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.[33] In June 2021, Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer confirmed that the team will expand its workforce from 535 to 800 employees.[34][35].

In September 2021, Aston Martin confirmed they would compete in 2022 with their current driver lineup.[36]

Formula One World Championship results

(key)

1959-1960

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points WCC
1959 DBR4 Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 A
D
MON 500 NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA 0 NC
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Ret 6 6 Ret
United States Carroll Shelby Ret Ret 8 10
1960 DBR4 Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 D ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA 0 NC
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori DNS
DBR5 Ret
11
Source:[37][38][39]

2021

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Points WCC
2021 AMR21 Mercedes M12 E Performance 1.6 V6 t P BHR EMI POR ESP MON AZE FRA STY AUT GBR HUN BEL NED ITA RUS TUR JPN USA MXC SAP AUS SAU ABU 59* 7th*
Canada Lance Stroll 10 8 14 11 8 Ret 10 8 13 8 Ret 20 12 7
15 15+ 13 13 5 2 9 12 17+ Ret DSQ 5? 13 12
Notes
  • ? - Half points awarded as less than 75% of the race distance was completed.
  • * - Season still in progress.

Non-championship Formula One results

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Driver 1 2 3 4 5
1959 DBR4 Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 GLV AIN INT OUL SIL
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 2
United States Carroll Shelby 6
1960 DBR4 Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 GLV INT SIL LOM OUL
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Ret

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