Aston Martin has pulled the covers off the brand new safety and medical cars that will be partially used by Formula 1 for the 2021 season.
The British manufacture, which recently increased its presence in Formula 1 via the purchase of the Racing Point Team, will use share the safety and medical cars duties with longterm supplier Mercedes Benz who change the look of their SLS red instead of the traditional silver.
A specially upgraded Vantage with its horsepower increased to 528bhp will be used as the safety car whilst the company's first SUV, the DBX, which has 542 bhp, will be used as Formula 1's medical car.
Formula 1's CEO Stefano Domenicali has expressed his delight at the new partnership between the German and British brands, which he says will be perfectly equipped to deal with an incident.
“We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with both Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG to provide the Official Safety and Medical Cars to the FIA Formula One World Championship."
“Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG are iconic automotive brands, and we are proud of their place in our incredible sport. Safety and medical cars are a hugely important part of Formula 1 and are always there to keep our drivers safe. Last season we witnessed the heroic speed and dedication required by the crews in rescuing Romain Grosjean from his dramatic accident, and both the Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG cars are perfectly equipped to respond at a moment’s notice to ensure the safety of the drivers.”
Safety car driver Bernd Maylander talked of his delight that Aston Martin would be returning to the track as he gears up for his twenty-first season as the safety car driver.
“Formula 1 fans around the world are delighted to see the return of Aston Martin to the track, as am I. This is a beautiful, capable car that signifies an exciting new era for Aston Martin.”
It is still yet to be confirmed which race weekends, the Aston Martin or the Mercedes, will be used for this season.