Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer has confirmed he would be open to a deal that would bring the brand back to Formula 1 for the first time since 1960.
Palmer was present at last weekend's British Grand Prix, and told autosport.com: "The paddock is always full of rumours. We have to explore ways of getting Aston Martin's name known around the world and we currently use the World Endurance Championship principally to do that.
"My job is to concentrate on turning Aston Martin around. If something drops into our lap and if suddenly those stars align, would I consider it? Yes."
Autocar and Autosport revealed at the weekend that Aston Martin is in talks over a deal to become a brand partner with four-time world champion Red Bull Racing in exchange for brokering a deal for the team to run the championship winning Mercedes-Benz F1 engine. An Aston Martin spokesman declined to comment on the potential deal when contacted by Autocar.
Aston Martin is 5% owned by Mercedes and competed in F1 for just two seasons, in 1959 and 1960, with very limited success.
Under the deal Mercedes would be recognised as the official engine partner of Red Bull Racing, but Aston Martin would become a technical partner and have branding on the cars, most likely around the air box that sits over the engine.
The deal was reported to have the blessing of Mercedes at board level - although senior F1 personnel have moved to quash this in the wake of Autocar's article. Reports had suggested senior Mercedes board members are eager to run more customer teams to offset the costs of its investment in F1. Because Mercedes does not consider Aston Martin to be a competitor for road car sales, despite their strategic partnership, it was aid to be viewed as an ideal partner for the project.