Aston Martin shows interest in engine supply
19 September 2017 – Aston Martin "might be interested" in becoming a Formula 1 engine supplier, depending on the make-up of the post-2020 regulations, according to CEO Andy Palmer.
Formula 1 has used 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged power units since 2014, but earlier this year agreed to introduce simpler, cheaper and noisier engines from the 2021 season.
Formula 1's four-point engine plan for 2021:
- A desire to maintain Formula 1 as the pinnacle of motorsport technology, and as a laboratory for developing technology that is relevant to road cars
- Striving for future power units to be powerful, while becoming simpler and less costly to develop and produce
- Improving the sound of the power units
- A desire to allow drivers to drive harder at all times
Current power unit manufacturers, along with manufacturers not involved in Formula 1, have attended technical meetings on the subject, as work continues to define the rules.
Palmer confirmed at the Singapore Grand Prix that Aston Martin, which already has a relationship with Red Bull, would be open to becoming an engine supplier, but only if costs are lowered.
"I'm over here negotiating what we look like in the sport for next year, but it's somewhat predicated on what the 2021 engine regulations look like," Palmer told Sky Sports.
"If we can get more theatre back into the sport, and if we can reduce the cost of the engine, then Aston might be interested in producing an independent engine.
"And with that independent engine, with that kind of destination in mind, obviously it would make sense for us to increase our participation, even as soon as next year."
Palmer hopes that the regulations will be outlined "by the end of the year".
Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey has been working with Aston Martin on the Valkyrie hypercar, powered by Cosworth, another manufacturer involved in the post-2020 talks.