Aston Martin announces F1 entry

Aston Martin has confirmed it will enter Formula 1, Autocar magazine claims this morning.

It intends to defer its entry until 2012 but its team will begin competing from 2010 as Prodrive.

David Richards’ team has been tipped to enter F1 on two occasions in recent years. It planned an entry for 2008 using customer car regulations, but withdrew after the FIA failed to get the rules approved. Richards was also linked to a takeover of the Honda team, but backed away from a deal saying F1 was ‘still too expensive’.

The team is expected to enter under the FIA budget capping rules – though those rules are expected to be modified from Max Mosley’s original proposed limit of ?é?ú40m, following the initiative put forward by Mercedes.

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59 comments on Aston Martin announces F1 entry

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  1. Chalky said on 29th May 2009, 9:08

    Deferred until this budget cap can be sorted out.
    I wonder if they can get the Gulf livery like they had for LeMans?

  2. Striay said on 29th May 2009, 9:38

    According to Autosport, all F1 teams except Toyota will enter F1 by the deadline, and they have agreed in a budget cap system starting at 100 million next season and going down to 45 million by 2011.

  3. antonyob said on 29th May 2009, 9:47

    with dave richards they have a chance but im not overly keen on “badging” f1 cars. if its prodrive call it prodrive. you cant invent cache its earnt; plus if it goes wrong – see jaguar- its a hugely expensive and embarrassing project.

  4. PJA said on 29th May 2009, 10:09

    It seems they are using the strategy of only using the Aston Martin name when the team are hopefully competitive. This is what Renault did when they bought Benetton, they didn’t rename it straight away but waited a while till the team were more competitive.

    Whereas when Ford bought Stewart they rebranded it Jaguar the next season.

  5. Dougie said on 29th May 2009, 10:09

    Fantastic news, this is the one piece of news I’ve been hoping for for some years now. I always regretted Dave Richards exit from the sport, he was the only Team Principal that actually took BAR/Honda anywhere and I fully believe had he continued at the helm it would have been a championship force. Of all the new teams coming in, this is the one that will quickly assert itself in F1. DR! you are the man!

    im not overly keen on “badging” f1 cars. if its prodrive call it prodrive.

    Whether you call it Aston Martin, Prodrive or Team Banana it is still Prodrive. All Dave Richards is doing is attaching the Aston Martin brand to what he hopes in 2012 will be a successful operation (if not he won’t be attaching the brand to it), its advertising pure and simple and personally I think it would be great to have the name in the sport.

  6. antonyob said on 29th May 2009, 10:22

    dougie i agree with your dave Richards sentiments. honda were fools to get rid of him and put the car plant manager fry in charge.

    i just dont think you can parachute a name into f1 and expect it to do what it did for ferrari or lotus. still its going to happen and its got more cache than some of the touted names that are likely to come in.

  7. HounslowBusGarage said on 29th May 2009, 11:39

    Well, today is D-Day (29th May). The last day for 2010 entries, theoretically.
    As I recall, there are places for 13 teams and three have been booked already (US F1, Williams and Campos). If the Autosport article is correct and Prodrive sign up today, and if the BBC article ( is also right and Litespeed sign today, that will make five teams.
    Then there will only be room for eight other teams. Currently, there are ten F1 teams . . .

    • I believe preference is given to existing teams (so long as they lodge their entry before the deadline) so it will be a case of selecting 3 from the 5 new teams (Lola, Prodrive, Team US F1, Campos and Litespeed) I predict Prodrive, Team US F1 and 1 other. Having said that I won’t be suprised if Toyota pull out at the end of this season, and the rumours that Renault may sell up to Briatore don’t suprise me either (the return of Benetton maybe?) so there may be as many as 5 new team names on the grid next year!!

    • Filipe said on 29th May 2009, 20:28

      I suspect it will be Campos, USGPE and probably Prodrive. I actully think Campos is probably the safest of the entries.

  8. persempre said on 29th May 2009, 12:44

    If the regulations are sorted out in time for them to ‘build’ a car, Adrian. Nobody knows what they have to work to yet.

  9. TommyB said on 29th May 2009, 12:50

    woooooooooooo!! My girlfriends Dad works for Aston. Hope we get some freebies :-D

  10. Team Banana by DGR said on 29th May 2009, 13:15

    The BBC article says the budget for 2010 will be 85M, and with support from existing teams, this has encouraged Prodrive to put themselves forward again.
    I am surprised the FIA are going to allow the existing teams priority, considering the aggro they have been making over the budget cuts. It would make more sense (as far as FIA are concerned) to allow the new teams straight in, and have the existing teams fight for places instead…….. :-)

    • John H said on 29th May 2009, 13:47

      I disagree with this. Every attempt should be made to keep existing teams in the sport, so there is more consistency year to year – and hence overall stability.

      Why only 26 cars though??? Can’t we go back to the pre-qualify days and have more teams..? the more the better in my opinion.

    • leo said on 29th May 2009, 14:33

      TO DGR,luv Your Thinking Man,The Thing W/Prodrive,Aston,.
      What Ever,Is a Good Thing They Should Be Reped in The Formula.
      Racing Improves The Breed,Some One Said……..Leo

    • @John H

      Why only 26 cars though??? Can’t we go back to the pre-qualify days and have more teams..? the more the better in my opinion.

      Somehow I have a feeling that the manufacturer teams might not like that. We have seen Toyota, Renault, etc. missing the cut on Q1 — imagine if they missed PQ and could not even race!

  11. antonyob said on 29th May 2009, 13:21

    nice attempt at the look tommyb. retro advertised f1 cars is a great idea. no lotus and no black and gold is still a sad loss.

    be nice to see racing green on a car but “it doesnt show up on tv” so a vain hope.

  12. Dougie said on 29th May 2009, 13:47

    Team Banana by DGR

    LOL!! :-D

    be nice to see racing green on a car but “it doesnt show up on tv” so a vain hope.

    As much as the car was cack, I really like the livery of the Jaguar in particular the shade of metallic/pearlescant green.

  13. TommyB said on 29th May 2009, 14:37

    Hopefully Toyota will go to give space for some new teams :)

  14. persempre said on 29th May 2009, 14:49

    FOTA statement:

    All FOTA Teams have today submitted conditional entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

    FOTA confirms all its Members’ long-term commitment to be involved in the FIA Formula One World Championship and has unanimously agreed further and significant actions to substantially reduce the costs of competing in the Championship in the next three years, creating a mechanism that will preserve the technological competition and the sporting challenge and, at the same time, facilitate the entry in the F1 Championship for new Teams. These measures are in line with what has been already decided in 2009 within FOTA, achieving important savings on engines and gearboxes.

    All FOTA teams have entered the 2010 championship on the basis that:

    1) The Concorde Agreement is signed by all parties before 12th June 2009, after which all FOTA teams will commit to competing in Formula One until 2012. The renewal of the Concorde Agreement will provide security for the future of the sport by binding all parties in a formal relationship that will ensure stability via sound governance.

    2) The basis of the 2010 regulations will be the current 2009 regulations, amended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA.

    All FOTA teams’ entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship have been submitted today on the understanding that (a) all FOTA teams will be permitted to compete during the 2010 Formula One Season on an identical regulatory basis and (b) that they may only be accepted as a whole.

    All FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance.

  15. Prisoner Monkeys said on 29th May 2009, 14:49

    Reading between the lines a little bit – on this as well as other reports – it seems the Mercedes Solution is, at the very least, being given lots of consideration. Richards was holding back to see how the landscape played out post-Monaco, but he was quoted by Reuters as saying “The level of next year’s cost cap has risen substantially since we originally considered entering”.

    Somehow, I don’t think he means the original rise from thirty million to forty.

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