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 ??40m, following the initiative put forward by Mercedes.

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59 comments on Aston Martin announces F1 entry

  1. Chaz said on 30th May 2009, 21:10

    Good news. I wonder if Aston Martin will be building their own engines…

  2. The big point everyone may have overlooked is that FOTA file all nine team applications as one with the intent of forcing Max to accept them all or reject them all.

    As for Richards Prodrive/Aston Martin intentions, I think DR sees an opportunity for AM to inherit the mantle of Ferrari if they all leave. It could also be an incentive for Ferrari to stay on and have a marque to race against.

    TommyB, your Gulf liveried car looks fantastic, not to mention Gulf gas sponsorship tied to Gulf States finance backing.

  3. Rich said on 31st May 2009, 15:41

    Tommy B – nice!
    But theres not enough crappy little adverts all over it! ;D
    Besides, they’ll do some vs of British Racing Green. :(

  4. Rich said on 31st May 2009, 15:49

    @Dougie – I’d agree, I think it was all some sort of shock therapy for the big guys.
    The idiotic notion that its a level playing field when Ferrari spends half a billion dollars a year on it was just silly. I mean, heck that’d buy half a nuke submarine!

  5. Rockerfeller said on 10th November 2010, 12:13

    I’m actually getting excited abotu this. Perhaps it is actually true!

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