After a break of 61 years, Aston Martin is making a return to Formula One, the pinnacle of motorsport. Refreshed as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, it is bringing British Racing Green back to the tracks.
The team’s new car, AMR21, was launched recently, heralding the beginning of a significant chapter in the 108-year history of the Aston Martin brand. The new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team car returns the British ultra-luxury marque to the pinnacle of world motorsport for the first time in over 60 years.
Described by Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll as an ‘important event in automotive history’, the AMR21 will be the first works Formula 1 car to carry the famous wings since Maurice Trintignant’s DBR5 crossed the finish line at Silverstone in 1960. The AMR21, to be raced this season by four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and rising star, Lance Stroll (CA), carries a striking Aston Martin Racing Green livery in recognition of Aston Martin’s traditional racing colours and glorious sporting legacy. It is also bedecked by a host of global partners, led by American IT giant Cognizant. The chassis features a magenta stripe down the side in reference to the team’s longstanding partner, BWT.
As the team is set to become the global showcase for the brand’s engineering and performance capabilities, a new 200,000 square-foot facility will complement the existing Aston Martin F1 factory at Silverstone starting in the second half of 2022. This will help the team to become an innovation lab to drive forward the brand’s future road car technologies, including a suite of mid-engined sportscars, inspired by the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which will become central to the product portfolio through the next decade.
Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, with motorsport at the heart of its endeavour. Next year (2022) will mark a century since Aston Martin made its grand prix debut (in France 1922). The brand has enjoyed sustained success in sports car racing, including overall victory in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Most recently Aston Martin became a double class winner with the Vantage GTE in last year’s race at La Sarthe and is the reigning GT FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ champion.
The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team also boasts a strong bloodline, building on the foundations of Team Silverstone, which in its various guises has won five grands prix, and is coming off the back of a race-winning campaign as the Racing Point Formula On Team, having been revitalized under the leadership of Lawrence Stroll and Team Principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer.
The new AMR21 is powered by a Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance turbocharged engine with hybrid energy recovery. With the new race car also comes the opportunity for Aston Martin to communicate the evolution of the iconic Aston Martin Wings logo for only the 12th time in the company’s 108-year history. The AMR21 will run a full test programme at Bahrain on 12 – 14 March. The car that will run in testing, as well as in the first race, will very likely have different aerodynamic elements to the launch car shown here.
Executive Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, Lawrence Stroll said: “I’ve dreamed about this day for a very long time. I’ve always been a car guy and I’ve always loved racing, too. My first dream was to own a Formula One team. My second dream was to acquire a significant shareholding in Aston Martin Lagonda. Today is about the merging of those two dreams. So, as I say, today is all about dreams, and it shows that dreams really can come true, in the shape of our new AMR21.
“Aston Martin returning to Formula One after an absence of 61 years will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans, commanding global attention. “The team who designed and built our new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One car – the 500 men and women who conceive, manufacture, build and prepare our cars so that we can go racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport – has always punched above its weight. Now, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, it has the power with which to punch even harder.
“This is just the beginning. The team is pushing forward, and our ambitions are limitless. We now have the pieces in place, the people and the partners, to make real progress”.
Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda, Tobias Moers said at the launch: “Today is a truly historic moment for Aston Martin, as we return to the pinnacle of motorsport for the first time in more than 60 years. The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team will have far-reaching positive effects on the Aston Martin brand, our culture, and the design and technology of Aston Martin road cars. Our return to Formula One will positively and profoundly affect every employee and foremost our customer journey all over the world; and will help us bring a focused, agile Formula One way of thinking to the whole Aston Martin business.
“Indeed, the Formula One team will become a dynamic and exciting innovation lab to drive forward future Aston Martin road car technologies and performance, which will truly differentiate our cars in the coming years. Aston Martin has always made beautiful cars. Now, as we begin a new era of Aston Martin in Formula One, we’ll bring more innovation and more performance.”
The 2021 season for Formula One will begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March.