The unveiling of the new Aston Martin Formula 1 car, known as the AMR21, marks an exciting chapter in the sporting pedigree of the marque. Over 60 years have passed since the last Aston Martin raced on the prestigious F1 circuit, and we can’t wait to see its return.
With an impressive racing pedigree and recent wins in sporting events at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, the move is highly anticipated.
The team, formerly known as Racing Point, was rebranded over the winter by owner Lawrence Stroll in a move that coincided with his takeover of the Aston Martin road car business.
The newly named Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team will make its racing debut in Bahrain at the end of this month with its AMR21 car.
The AMR21 comes in a striking British Racing Green livery in recognition of Aston Martin heritage. However, it will retain highlights of pink to mark the history with Racing Point.
The brand new AMR21 car is not the only thing to generate a buzz in the world of F1 though, as Aston Martin also has two first-class drivers in its ranks.
Relative newcomer Lance Stroll, is already making a name for himself as the second-youngest driver to finish an F1 race on the podium and the youngest (as of 2020) to do so during his rookie season.
Stroll will drive alongside the more experienced Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 World Champion. Unlike Stroll who previously raced for Racing Point, Vettel is making the move to Aston Martin from Ferrari.
Aston Martin Safety Cars
We won’t just see Aston Martin on the starting line-up though, as for the first time in the history of the sport the official safety and medical cars will sport the Aston Martin wings. The Aston Martin Vantage and Aston Martin DBX are set to run in 12 of the 23 planned races and will be seen first at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Aston Martin Vantage as F1 Safety Car
The Aston Martin Vantage will take on the role of the safety car, tackling controlling pace of the event in the event of an incident. It will be piloted by Bernd Mayländer who has been behind the wheel of the F1 safety car for more than 20 years.
To be able to lead F1 cars around the track at speeds that prevent the tyres from cooling, Aston Martin’s engineers have made substantial changes to the powertrain and chassis as well as some interior modifications. The power from the coupés twin-turbocharged four-litre V8 is up from the standard 503bhp to 528bhp. Torque remains unchanged at 461lb-ft but is sustained for longer.
The Vantage safety car also gains an aero package to ensure it has the credentials necessary to handle the twists and turns of an F1 track. It includes a substantial rear wing, a new vaned front grille and splitter set-up which Aston Martin claims produces 155.6kg downforce at 124mph.
Meanwhile, the unique suspension set-up and additional chassis reinforcing increase structural stiffness at the front end for improved handling.
Aston Martin has also upgraded the thermal management system with extra bonnet vents to enable it to come into the pit lane after a full-speed lap and go straight to idle with no need for a cool-down lap.
Aston Martin DBX as Medical Car
Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV the DBX will make its debut as the official medical car. Such an honour showcases the power and handling prowess of the marque’s debut SUV and signals good things to come from this dynamic new model.
As standard, the DBX produces 542bhp and 516lb-ft torque, making it capable of 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 181mph. As such, the safety car has undergone less extensive revisions.
Inside, the rear middle seat has been removed and the remaining seats have been replaced with race-style bucket seats with a six-point safety harness. The exterior meanwhile, is wrapped in the same livery and FIA safety addenda as the Vantage for a unified look.