Aston Martin recruit Ferrari personnel for F1 2021 project evaluation
Aston Martin have recruited key personnel from the Formula 1 paddock, including staff from Ferrari to evaluate if an entrance to Formula One in 2021 will be viable for the British outfit.
The high-profile sports car manufacturer has already shown keen interest in Formula 1, as it is set to become Red Bull Racing’s title sponsor for the 2018 Formula 1 season, following its term of briefly sponsoring the Milton Keynes outfit as well as working along with Adrian Newey to design the Aston Martin RB001, which is a collaboration between Red Bull and Aston Martin, which aims to lap Silverstone faster than an F1 car.
The British outfit is taking key interest in the new engine regulations which will be introduced in 2021, however CEO Andy Palmer has made it clear that the costs will play a key role in Aston’s decision whether or not to emerge in F1.
“I’m sure we have the technical capability,” Palmer told Autosport.
“Some of the people I have recently recruited, coming in from Ferrari, means I have the brainpower to be able to develop a Formula 1 engine.
“The question will be whether the cap on the expense of doing that is affordable to a company like Aston.
“That’s the big difference between a small company like Aston and the big boys like Renault or Mercedes-Benz.
“The people I have recruited have associations with the F1 side in the past and also the road side.
“So I have an interesting mixture now of technical capabilities.”