by Tom Athron ’21
Published Jan. 17th, 2021
For the first time since 1960, Aston Martin is back in Formula One. The legendary British brand has taken over the BWT Racing Point team and will compete as Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team starting in 2021.
Despite being one of the leading manufacturers of sport and luxury cars around the world, Aston Martin has been noticeably absent from the F1 scene.
They have not been entirely absent from the world of motorsport however, with Aston Martin Racing partaking in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including winning their class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year, clinching the WEC manufacturers’ title in the process.
Now, AM enters the highest category of motorsport with a plan to find themselves in the front of the pack in the coming years. The team will be using the dominant Mercedes-AMG engines for the next few years, a continuation of their partnership on the automotive side.
On the driver’s side, Aston have much to look forward to. Notably, the team will be led by four time F1 world champion, and fan favorite, Sebastian Vettel, one of the most successful drivers in the sport’s long history.
Fans look forward to seeing Vettel in a new environment, especially given his disappointing final season at Scuderia Ferrari last year. Many also argue that he was continuously mistreated by Ferrari during his time at the Italian outfit.
Vettel will be joined by the young Canadian driver Lance Stroll, son of owner Lawrence. While facing some criticism from fans, the young Stroll had an impressive 2020 season, demonstrating to many the talent he has behind the wheel, even if he is subject to the occasional mistake.
“Whenever I’m at the factory, you can feel the buzz and energy. We’re ready for this. There’s so much hunger in the team and I just can’t wait to get the season started”, he added.
The Canadian has become much more liked in recent months following stellar performances in 2020, having many curious as to where his career will soon lead.
Many fans have rejoiced at the return of such an iconic brand to Formula One, especially with the announcement that the team will race in British Racing Green, the UK’s official racing colors.
Fans can only wait with anticipation to see what the Silverstone-based outfit will bring to the world of Formula One.