It took sixty-one years to Aston Martin to come back in F1 as a team, and it does it in great style, pairing up with the sponsor Cognizant. At the end of the 2020 season, Lawrence Stroll decided to change his team into a brand new one, bringing back Aston Martin and introducing many news.
But what kind of news are they? Talking about the making-of, Aston Martin stopped working as a Red Bull-linked sponsor and stepped in, forming the new team with the help of Cognizant, a strong Company and together they build up a strong basis. In F1, though, the brand has an historical but brief background, as it comes back in the paddock after sixty-one years, but its experience was only in two seasons, in 1959 and 1960. The mechanical side of the new Aston Martin is already pretty strong, as it can count on the excellent base of Racing Point, that was able to win a couple of podiums in a very difficult season. This is an important point indeed, as the engine freeze of this year would not help Aston Martin to set up many news. The new car is called AMR21, it will be supplied by Mercedes engines and some important parts are directly coming from Brackley and it will use a low-base profile, very well shaped, just like Ferrari. The new beast promises to achieve important results, better than the last ones, but it is difficult to count on predictions with the always-changing current situation.
The livery shows up a green emerald that perfectly matches some pink details. The color chosen mixes the deep emerald of the classical Aston Martin and the sparkly news of the new beginning.
The drivers line-up is very balanced. The great experience which is provided by Sebastian Vettel and his ability to develop a car will be meeting halfway Lance Stroll’s strong will and energy provided by his youth and his solid mind, mixed up with classy – even if quite rare – performances that only miss consistency. The goals that the new team sets for the 2021 is, in fact, filling the gap from the top-3 and reach that position it missed last year.
"I had two dreams in my life - Lawrence Stroll states - the first one was owning a Team and the other one was to have an Aston Martin. The AMR21 combines all those dreams."
"They say that a car look fast, it is fast- Otmar Szafnauer, Aston Martin's team principal stresses up - "There are great moments in this unvealing and two words have been used to describe it: transformation and innovation, and few things can combine these two words together: Aston Martin is one of them".
With its glorious green and those innovations in the rear, in the engine and in the aero, that has changed using two development coins, the AMR21 embeds the opulence of its brand and a strong innovation, brought together by Cognizant, which, as Stroll specified : "are more than a title sponsor. They help us develop all the tecnological innovations that make Aston Martin great, they take part in the process to make our car go faster".
"Aston Martin is in our blood",their slogan says. This car seems to have the speed running in its steely veins and, considering the innovations and the past good performances, it seems to be made to improve and to steal McLaren its 3rd place, if not more.