Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing strengthen partnership


Aston Martin has taken the next step in its partnership with Red Bull Racing and will become the new title sponsor for the team in the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing began their relationship in 2016, creating the Valkyrie that was sold out on launch.

Well, a stronger relationship between the sports cars and energy drink makers - they call it the "Innovation Partnership" - will see more products appear.

The F1 team will race as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, the bosses (Aston's Andy Palmer, above left, and Red Bull's Christian Horner, above right) confirmed today. It's also helpful to the cause of keeping Red Bull in the sport after recent years struggling for performance to match Mercedes and Ferrari, there is now a clear path forward past the TAG Heuer branded Renault engines, with Aston.

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Aston Martin, perhaps most famous for featuring in the James Bond movie franchise, has partnered Red Bull since March 2016 - its famous wings logo adorning both the 2016 and 2017 championship cars - the RB12 and the RB13.

To that end, Aston Martin will establish an Advanced Performance Centre at Red Bull's campus in Milton Keynes, creating 110 new jobs in the process. "We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved".

The team's previous title partner from 2013 to 2015 was Nissan-owned luxury auto brand Infiniti, now with Renault.

Formula One cars have been powered by a petrol-hybrid powertrain since 2014 but have received criticism for being too complex and too expensive.

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Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer said his company could look to get further involved in F1 as an engine manufacturer, should conditions be right.

Illien has been consulting with the FIA on the planned engine changes and has been reportedly looking for a partner to work with on an engine for 2021 and beyond.

As well as the ongoing success of Aston's road vehicle business, it has also seen plenty of success on the racetrack, winning the GTE class at this year's Le Mans 24 hour race.

Its a big win for Formula 1 to have a brand like Aston Martin join the category (even if just as a technical partnership for now) as the up and coming Formula E has been steeling a lot of the attention lately. Let us know below.

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