The Formula 1 team that today is called Racing Point and that will be the new Aston Martin F1 team, was planning to move to its new factory during the summer 2021. However, the problems caused by the Coronavirus wil force the team to postpone the works of the new base, that will be ready during the summer 2022, so a year later than planned.
“The factory is still happening”,said team boss Otmar Szafnauer. “We will build it as we need to, for competitiveness reasons, for the fact that we are going to be Aston Martin, for the fact that this place has been up since 1990, and we’ve outgrown it”.
“The only thing is that coronavirus has kind of shifted it sideways from a time perspective quite a bit. We weren’t able to do much”.
“So we had a decision to make to shift the date when we were going to occupy the new factory, either by the three or four months we’ve been delayed since early March, or just delay it by an entire year”.
Szafnauer stressed that summer, and in particular the month of August, is in any case the right period of time to move to the new factory, because of the summer break of Formula 1.
“August is the right time to move in, because it’s traditionally the summer break. We were going to move in in August of 2021, and we’re just going to shift that by a year and move in August 2022”.
“We’ll probably have an extra five or six months because of it, and that will be used up in getting more competitive quotes to build it, and making sure that the plans are to a more detailed level. Usually when you’ve got more detailed plans then your cost estimate is more accurate, and then you can make better decisions”.
“Now with the virus upon us too, I don’t know what the future holds – I don’t know whether we’re going to have social distancing forever, or have plexiglass cubes around every employee”.
“We’ve got to start looking at all that, just in case there’s never a vaccine. And this gives us time to look at those things and design some of those precautions in, just in case”.
“The extra time just helps us do a more detailed job, which should help save costs. The design team will be located here, and there will be a hub and marketing centre up from too. You may even be able to come here and look at the F1 team as well as configure your new road car. It will be a nice campus for Aston Martin”, explained eventually Szafnauer.
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