Currently reading: Aston Martin on the brink of ending F1 engine ambitions
CEO Andy Palmer wary that new regulations won't end F1's spending war
Jim Holder
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29 June 2018

Aston Martin is on the brink of canning its ambitions to make engines for Formula 1, with new regulations set to move away from the cost-controlled formula originally proposed by F1 rule makers.

Although a final decision on the new regulations, which are expected to come into effect from 2021, is not expected to be announced until this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Aston boss Andy Palmer told Autocar: “It doesn’t look like the new regulations will be of interest, sadly.

“Aston was interested on the basis that costs would be controlled and that the formula would be one part of an equation that would put control back into the hands of the driver. I don’t see the costs coming down far enough with the regulations I’ve heard discussed and I do see that the opportunity to spend a fortune chasing down a tenth of a second a lap will remain.

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“At Aston, we love the sport, and we’d love to be involved, but we cannot get involved in an arms race. It’s needlessly expensive and it undermines the sport, because whoever has the advantage of that tenth will win. I won’t say we’re definitely not going to do it until I see the final proposal because there are still some areas where there is not enough clarity. But if the door is left open to a spending war, then we won’t be involved.”

In October last year, the F1 governing body and teams announced the new regulations, but wranglings over the details have ensued since. The basic premise is that cars will be powered by turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units with heavily mandated designs, including the removal or standardisation of some of the costly electrical and energy storage systems.

At the time, Aston announced that it was working with former Ferrari engine chief Luca Marmorini as a consultant on a possible engine project.

Palmer did confirm that Aston’s commitment to F1, currently as a sponsor of the Red Bull team, is long term and not influenced by the team’s switch to Honda power from next season.

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405line 3 July 2018

Same old story..same ol' excuses for not joining in

..The basic premise of F1 thankfully has not changed, there are other "cheaper sports" that companies (like aston martin) can have a go at entering what's wrong with developing engines (or entire cars like ferrari) for other racing formulae or sports car racing?...what's wrong is that they are not as high profile as F1

shortbread 30 June 2018

Aston never wanted to race!

Aston never really wanted to race in F1, they neither have the technical or financial resources to make it happen. This was simply fake news to give the ailing manufacturer some media mileage.
eseaton 30 June 2018

A good decision.

A good decision.

 

I can't understand why any manufacturer wants to be associated with these appalling 1.6 turbo vacuum cleaners.  It is even more ridiculous that Mercedes thought it was a good idea to put one in a road car.  

 

They may be fast and powerful, but they will never ever be cool.