RUMOR: Aston Martin Tipped For Deal With Mercedes-Powered Red Bull Racing

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
rumor aston martin tipped for deal with mercedes powered red bull racing

The latest rumor to involve Formula 1 also involves a former Nissan executive and one of Britain’s most recognized marques.

A report from Autocar sees former world champion team Red Bull ditching their troublesome Renault power units and switching to Mercedes motivation with an Aston Martin logo painted on the air box of the single seater.

And there might be some truth to it.

It’s no secret that multiple world champion team Red Bull Racing is less than pleased with its Renault power units as it struggles at the middle of the pack. It’s also no secret that Mercedes would like to bolster the number of teams to which it supplies engines in an effort to amortize the cost of development. A deal between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes F1 may be in the works that suits the needs of both parties and it could come by way of Aston Martin and its CEO Andy Palmer.

With Mercedes holding 5-percent ownership in the British luxury marque and more cooperation planned in the future, the German automaker does not see Aston Martin as a direct road car competitor, thus opening the door for the deal.

Andy Palmer, before his current position at Aston Martin, was the head of product for Nissan and played a major part in Red Bull Racing’s deal with Infiniti. The rumored deal between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin would be very similar to the Infiniti deal, where Aston Martin branding is visible on Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 cars and the British manufacturer would provide technical expertise to the team.

When asked by Autocar, a spokesman for Aston Martin declined to comment on the rumor. However, when Autocar posed the question to Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, the door was left open a sliver.

“We must be open-minded. Our number one objective is to win the world championship. At the moment I would say I cannot see a situation of us supplying an engine to our number one enemy – but maybe we need to recalibrate who our number one enemy is tomorrow and next year.”

The deal likely won’t happen next year, though, as Red Bull Racing and Renault are bound to contract until the end of 2016. After that, it’s anyone’s guess where the Milton Keynes-based team will source its power, said Red Bull principal Christian Horner:

“Last week it was Ferrari, this week it’s Aston Martin, next week it will probably be Honda or Lamborghini. We have a contract and commitment with Infiniti, a very good relationship with Infiniti, and anything beyond the end of 2016 is purely speculative.”

Aston Martin last contested Formula 1 in 1959 and 1960.

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  • Wmba Wmba on Jul 05, 2015

    Only the Ilmor engine and hybrid system seems to work properly. So only Mercedes is happy with F1 at the moment. The other teams are staffed with just as highly motivated people, it's just that their engine suppliers are completely off the pace this year. So you can expect frustrations to show, which can lead to the sort of speculations posted above. The Honda engine makes the Renault engine seem like an unclimbable peak, the Mercedes being in a different galaxy. Read this about McLaren Honda: So, it's pretty obvious the FIA's Sporting Regulations for F1 need to be dumped at once. Of course, they're French and thus supremely intelligent and not likely to change - FIFA is brighter than that bunch. If only one engine, with just Ferrari even in the hunt, really works well then something is wrong. The situation will thus be totally ignored and the supreme brat Lewis Hamilton will continue to gloat at his unearned success.

    • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Jul 06, 2015

      "Of course, they’re French and thus (...)" I take it you stopped following F1 in the 1980s? BTW, I do realize that the head office is in Paris.

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