Aston Martin Returns to Formula One With the AMR21 at the Bahrain Grand Prix
The new AMR21 is powered by a Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance engine with hybrid energy recovery and will be raced by the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, which is based at Silverstone in the UK and sponsored by American technology company Cognizant.
“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," said Lawrence Stoll, executive chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, in a statement. "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.
“This is just the beginning. The team is pushing forward, and our ambitions are limitless," Stoll said. "We now have the pieces in place, the people and the partners, to make real progress."
What this long-awaited return to Formula One means for the future of Aston Martin remains to be seen. No doubt, it will propel the brand forward in both consumer visibility and innovation.
"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," said Aston Martin Lagonda Chief Executive Officer Tobias Mooers in a statement. "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 pure performance."