The Aston Martin name is returning to the grid after more than 60 years away as it gears up to enter the 2021 Formula One World Championship with its own works outfit – after being rebranded from BWT Racing Point Formula One Team.
Aston Martin was first seen in Formula One back in the late 1950s. Hoping to match their success in sports car racing, Aston Martin seemingly developed a car capable of challenging the dominating marques of the time Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari.
The car’s fairytale was never fulfilled however, as the manufacturer’s potential rarely had a chance to shine after too many DNFs and financial issues.
With a history of terminal declines and rebirths, the brand has dipped in and out of motorsport ever since, but nothing to match the fully fledged potential exposure of Formula One.
This year, the team is carrying some big expectations marking it’s return to the top tier of single seater racing.
But what can we really expect from the British outfits’ return?
A brand looking for redemption
Although successful in sportscar racing, Aston Martin have never made it through to the upper ranks of F1 History, somewhat surprising considering the marques prestige, but will this be the year Aston Martin stake their claim and look for a new start?
Regular podium finishes?
With last year’s car winning a race and securing numerous podiums, it appears the Silverstone based outfit may finally have gathered all the pieces required to launch a successful attack on the championship.
Maintaining momentum from their best year to date, an influx of financial backing from the Lawrence Stroll consortium, an all conquering Mercedes power unit and a four time world champion all look perfect together on paper – but can they fit those pieces together?
F1’s 2020 cost-caps potentially working in the team’s favour?
The ace up their sleeve has to be their continued success achieved with limited resources, compared to their immediate competition.
Whilst teams around them will be forced to make cuts and compromises, Aston Martin find themselves in the envious position of potentially being able to increase spending.
Teammates proving their worth
With Sebastian Vettel bolstering the ranks, what could the driver pairing achieve this year?
Seb’s track record speaks for itself, he is a four time world champion with a serious point to prove having been released from the pressure pot that is Ferrari.
Lance Stroll, often criticised for the fact that his father owns the team has an even bigger point to prove.
The former F3 European champion is up against a former world champion, beating his teammate not only goes some way to justifying his seat in F1, but puts him in a very real position of challenging the very top drivers.
A whole new look
Things just got serious for the Silverstone based outfit, this is no longer the old Eddie Jordan team – this is a world-renowned prestigious manufacturer with tight technical links to Mercedes.
With the uncertainties surrounding Mercedes contracts, Red Bull’s engine supply, and Ferrari’s enforced regrouping can Aston Martin step up to the challenge and stake its place in motor racing history?