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F1 change caused Aston Martin engine change plans

F1 change caused Aston Martin engine change plans

Reuters reports that Aston Martin cancelled plans to make an F1 engine after the sport changed its mind about new rules coming into force from 2021.

Reuters reports that Aston Martin cancelled plans to make an F1 engine after the sport changed its mind about new rules coming into force from 2021.

The British sportscar maker, title sponsor of former world champions Red Bull Racing, had talked this year about the possibility of becoming an engine supplier.

Formula One was looking to encourage new manufacturers into the sport with cheaper and simpler engines, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer told Reuters, 'but then (commercial rights holders) Liberty (Media) essentially changed their mind and continued with the current engine, so we cancelled those plans.'

Red Bull announced last June that it would switch from Renault to Honda engines next season in a deal that also includes 2020.

The current 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid engines were introduced in 2014, since when only the top three teams have won a race and Mercedes have won all 10 drivers' and constructors' titles.

The engines have been criticised as too costly and complicated but the four existing manufacturers are wary of incurring significant costs in developing an alternative just as the power gaps are closing.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said in August it would be better to take more time to get the future engine right and change before 2023 was unlikely.

'The premise that was being put forward originally was an investment cap on the engine and it would be simplified,' said Andy.

'Simplification was around the turbo charger and the energy recovery, essentially taking that unit out which is where the majority of the development exists. As soon as the cap was removed it was not viable for us.'

Andy said Aston backed Red Bull's Honda partnership, and saw the Japanese manufacturer working hard to improve performance.

'Red Bull makes its own decision, I'm certainly supportive of that decision. It is a good way to go,' he added.

Aston Martin also announced it was a establishing a new regional office at Yas Marina, with the circuit becoming the marque's official 'home' in the Middle East.


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