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Aston Martin has unveiled its new single-seater in a stylish presentation.
More than 60 years after its last Grand Prix appearance, Aston Martin is officially back in Formula 1 with the AMR21, unveiled on Wednesday at an elegant online presentation hosted by British actress and James Bond girl Gemma Arterton, with a surprise appearance by NFL superstar and seven-time Superbowl winner Tom Brady, and then outright on-screen James Bond Daniel Craig.
As predicted since the announcement of the change of identity of the Silverstone-based team under the impetus of Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, the pink of the former title sponsor BWT is replaced by an elegant British Green.
With Aston Martin’s technical partnership with Mercedes, the AMR21 features the latest powertrain developed in Brixworth, UK, as well as the seven-time world champions’ rear suspension and gearbox in their 2020 specification.
Andrew Green would not reveal the area of the car where the two aerodynamic development tokens allowed per team this winter have been invested. The technical director merely confirmed that the monocoque had been changed.
The driver line-up has been renewed by 50% with the arrival of Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari. The German replaces Sergio Pérez alongside Canadian Lance Stroll, son of the team boss. The four-time world champion is coming off a difficult season in Maranello and will be looking to make the transition from red to green.
Aston Martin bosses are convinced that Vettel can return to his very best. “If it doesn’t work out, it won’t be Seb’s fault,” said Green.
Lawrence Stroll, who has been overseeing the fortunes of Aston Martin for the past year, has big ambitions for the team he bought in the summer of 2018. The fashion tycoon hopes to play for the title within a few years. And he is putting in the means to achieve his goals. By the end of 2022, the team will have moved to a new factory with state-of-the-art facilities.
When discussing the 2021 objectives of Aston, which finished fourth in the last Constructors’ Championship under the Racing Point name, Otmar Szafnauer, the team’s CEO, nevertheless fell back on the usual formulas and predicted that the middle of the grid would once again be incredibly competitive. The American also expects Ferrari to make a strong comeback, “which will not be in sixth place forever”.
However, as the 2021 season begins, Aston Martin is feeling optimistic, having welcomed a number of new partners this winter. Two and a half years after the collapse of Force India, the Silverstone-based team seems to have the ingredients to meet the lofty goals set by the ambitious Lawrence Stroll.
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