F1: Aston Martin Tempted To Bid For Hamilton In 2022

Lawrence Stroll’s ambition for the team is quite clear – he wants to challenge the dominance of Mercedes and wants his team to win a world title.

Aston Martin has big ambitions for its Formula One project

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Aston Martin has big ambitions for its Formula One project

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Lawrence Stroll, the CEO and Chairman of both Aston Martin Lagonda, and the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team has opened the door for potentially bidding for Sir Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season. Statistically, the Briton became the most successful F1 driver in the history of the sport in 2020 and he only recently renewed his deal with the Mercedes team, but that’s just a one year deal. 

Stroll who gained control of the Force India team in 2018, transformed it to Racing Point which for the first time in years managed to win its first race in 2020. Before the start of the 2020 season, Stroll also announced that the team would be rebranded to Aston Martin. Sebastian Vettel’s exit from Ferrari also opened a door for Stroll to hire the 4-time world champion alongside his son Lance Stroll for the 2021 season. 

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Hamilton is considered to be the greatest driver of his generation 

Stroll’s ambition for the team is quite clear — he wants to challenge the dominance of Mercedes and wants his team to win a world title, but infrastructure wise it may be a while away. However, with the massive rule changes coming in 2022, Aston Martin may well be one of its ways to achieving that.

“It’s definitely tempting. Lewis in any car is great and I’m sure everyone would say yes because he is a seven-time World Champion. But right now, I am extremely focused on getting started this year,” said the 61-year-old billionaire opening the potential for the British driver to join the team in the case he doesn’t continue with Mercedes at the end of the 2021 season. 

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Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are considered to be the most successful drivers of the last 20 years 

However, there are a couple of stumbling blocks in place. Firstly, Stroll will need to jettison one of the drivers he has currently — one is a 4-time world champion who is joining from Ferrari and the other is his own son. In the case Vettel performs well, then it opens up an intriguing prospect for Vettel to be paired with Hamilton who could potentially have 12 world titles between them. 

In the case Vettel doesn’t perform as well, it will be a tricky proposition as he has joined on a multi-year deal and getting rid of him will not be as straightforward publicly as it was when the team decided to activate an exit clause with Sergio Perez despite a contract to get Vettel. 

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Hamilton joining Aston Martin F1 is intriguing because Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff is also an investor in the Aston Martin team and is known to be close to Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton’s relationship with Wolff has been pivotal for the success of the Mercedes F1 team. 

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Aston Martin Says Back On The Road To Profitability After 2020 Loss

Aston Martin’s shares jumped 9% in early Thursday trading after it kept a forecast for around 6,000 sales to dealers this year as new management turns around its performance.

In 2018 Aston Martin failed to meet expectations & burnt through cash and seeked fresh investment

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In 2018 Aston Martin failed to meet expectations & burnt through cash and seeked fresh investment

Aston Martin expects to almost double sales and move back towards profitability this year after sinking deeper into the red in 2020, when the luxury carmaker was hit by the pandemic, changed its boss and was forced to raise cash.

The British company’s shares jumped 9% in early Thursday trading after it kept a forecast for around 6,000 sales to dealers this year as new management turns around its performance.

The carmaker of choice for fictional secret agent James Bond has had a tough time since floating in 2018, as it failed to meet expectations and burnt through cash, prompting it to seek fresh investment from billionaire Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll.

The firm made a 466-million pound ($660 million) loss last year, compared with a 120 million pound loss in 2019, as sales to dealers fell by 42% to 3,394 vehicles, hit by the closure of showrooms and factories due to COVID-19.

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Aston said demand for its first SUV, the DBX was strong in a lucrative segment of the market it entered to widen its appeal

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For 2021, it expects “to see the first steps towards improved profitability” but is still likely to post a pre-tax loss, the carmaker said.

“I am extremely pleased with the progress to date despite operating in these most challenging of times,” Stroll said.

Aston said demand for its first sport utility vehicle, the DBX, which rolled off the production line at its Welsh plant in 2020, was strong in a lucrative segment of the market it entered to widen its appeal.

The model accounted for 1,516 of deliveries to dealers last year and the company expects further growth in its first full-year of sales, including in the key market of China, where rivals such as Bentley are also seeing high demand.

“We had not even a half-year DBX production in wholesome so probably we are going to see over-proportional growth in China,” Chief Executive Tobias Moers, who took over in August, told Reuters.

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Aston Martin Valhalla Buyers Are In For A Surprise

“With the transformational technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, there are other chances for us regarding combustion engines, but we still have an electrified drivetrain.” Mercedes owns a 20 percent stake in AM, giving the latter direct access to a number of powertrains, including straight-up combustion engines, hybrids, and other vital electrical hardware.In his latest update, Moers added Valhalla customers with confirmed deposits will be the first to know which engine is chosen and other vital details, but it definitely won’t be the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with hybrid assistance, codenamed TM01. With its “hot V” layout, the in-house-designed and lightweight engine (just 440 pounds) was initially said to develop somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 horsepower.
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F1: BWT Remains Aston Martin Sponsor After Racing Point Rebranding 

It also helps that Lance Stroll already has a relationship with BWT as a brand which furthers the relationship which been there since 2017.

Whenever BWT sponsors a team it has a requirement of the livery being in pink

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Whenever BWT sponsors a team it has a requirement of the livery being in pink

When Racing Point announced that it would be rebranding to Aston Martin, many wondered what the livery of the new project was as its lead sponsor BWT had a requirement of everything being in pink. The answer to that came when Aston Martin F1 announced IT giant Cognizant as its lead sponsor, but it turns out that BWT will also have a presence on the new Aston Martin project with some shades of pink seeping onto a car that’s predominantly going to have the classic British green as its main colour. 

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Aston Martin F1 also gets the services of 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel 

“I am proud to continue supporting this wonderful team of people and to start a new chapter with Aston Martin’s return to Formula 1. Having seen the team enjoy such a strong 2020 season, we believe the years ahead are full of great promise and we want to continue supporting this team’s journey towards the front of the grid,” said BWT CEO Andreas WeiBenbacher. 

“While the look and feel of the new team to be launched on Wednesday 3rd March will be very different, featuring an all-new base colour, today’s news ensures that subtle BWT brand accents, as well as BWT brand logos, will remain a feature of the all-new Aston Martin team livery,” said Aston Martin in a statement. 

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Sebastian Vettel’s presence will also add to the brand value of the sponsorship for the team 

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BWT was looking to become the title sponsor for the Williams F1 team and Haas F1 team, Williams F1 was reportedly in pole position but that may not have been an option as Renault is in discussions to become an engine supplier and make it the Alpine B team. Initially, in 2017, BWT wanted to sponsor the Mercedes team but the German giant didn’t want to change its colours which is when it opted to sponsor the Force India team which transformed to Racing Point F1 in 2018 and now is Aston Martin Cognizant F1. 

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The team also gets the services of Sebastian Vettel who won 4-world titles between 2010-2013 and was the main rival to Lewis Hamilton between 2015-2018. It also helps that Lance Stroll already has a relationship with BWT as a brand. 

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Aston Martin Reveals Partnership With Luxury Watchmaker

Very few details are available at this time, but the basics are these: Girard-Perregaux branding will feature on the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team car and uniforms, and the first timepiece from this new collaboration will be released sometime this year. The two brands should complement each other well, as both have a rich history of crafting some of the most beautiful pieces of functional art on the planet.Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers says that “the real beauty of partnerships such as this one is that, although we share very similar core values, the two brands can learn a great deal from one another. Girard-Perregaux is a prolific innovator in the use of materials and new technology.”
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There’s A New Aston Martin Valkyrie Update

This news comes just a few days following a new report claiming the Valkyrie’s main rival, the Mercedes-AMG One, will also begin customer deliveries later this year. Both racecar-inspired vehicles were initially set to launch nearly two years ago. While the AMG One is powered by a 1.6-liter V6 engine plug-in hybrid powertrain setup, the Valkyrie features a Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine and a Rimac-supplied KERS hybrid system. A combined total of 1,176 horsepower is expected. The AMG One will have a similar output.Neither hypercar aims to record new top speed records but rather focus on the overall driving experience and, perhaps, set a few lap records. Aston Martin is also building a track-only version of the Valkyrie called the AMR Pro, limited to a mere 25 examples.
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Historic Aston Martin DB4 Rediscovered After Over 30 Years

He had the car towed home and planned to restore the grand tourer, but never got round to it. Consequently, the DB4 was parked in a barn where it remained in storage for over 30 years until it was recently rediscovered.As you can see in the photos, it’s not in great condition. A significant amount of rust has tarnished the lightweight body designed by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan and is begging to be restored back to its original glory. Under the hood, this DB4 retains its original 3.7-liter engine that originally produced 240 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
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Lamborghini Urus Evo Spied With Fresh New Look

The SUV is fully camouflaged, but this could be deceiving as we aren’t expecting any significant design changes considering it’s a facelift. The front bumper appears to have been tweaked to incorporate reshaped intakes. Unusually for a facelift, the headlight design hasn’t been changed, but the final design could have new graphics to freshen it up. At the rear, there aren’t any obvious visual changes, but the rear taillights and bumpers will probably be tweaked as well.We haven’t seen the interior yet, but the cabin could get an updated infotainment system and new trim options. More significant changes could be found under the hood, however.
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Aston Martin adds former Ford execs to board

LONDON — Aston Martin has strengthened its board with the addition of ex-Ford Motor Co. global product chief Richard Parry-Jones and former McLaren CEO Antony Sheriff, the company said in a regulatory filing.
The company also appointed to the board Anne Stevens, a former Ford executive and ex-board member of British supplier GKN, and Daimler’s Stephan Unger, who will represent Daimler after the German automaker said in October that it will increase its stake in Aston Martin to 20 percent.
The appointment of the high-profile auto executives adds “great value” to Aston Martin, chairman and largest shareholder Lawrence Stroll said in a statement.
“This is a very important time for the company as we start to execute our plans to enable Aston Martin to become one of the preeminent luxury car brands in the world,” he said.
All the appointments are non-executive positions and are effective Feb. 1.
Richard Parry-Jones remains a key figure in the British auto industry after leaving his Ford position in 2007. He kept in touch with automotive world by joining GKN as non-executive board member in 2008 and via his own consultancy business. He is also part-time chairman of the board for UK dealer group Marshall Motor Holdings.
Antony Sheriff helped to establish the road-car making arm of McLaren after moving to the company from Fiat in 2003. He then moved to Princess Yachts, where he remains executive chairman and CEO.
Anne Stevens is an engineer who rose at Ford to the position of chief operating officer of the Americas, quitting the company in 2006. Stevens was twice picked as one of Automotive News Leading Women, in 2000 and 2005. In 2016, Stevens joined the GKN board. She was briefly CEO during the hostile takeover by Melrose in 2018, before retiring.
Stephan Unger is Daimler board member responsible for finance and controlling and risk management of Daimler Mobility, a position he has held since 2012.
Aston Martin was rescued by Stroll early last year after the company got into financial difficulties. The Canadian businessman has helped secure much needed finance for the company and has set a production target volume of 9,000 to 10,000 vehicles a year, revenues of about 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion); and an adjusted core profit of 500 million pounds by financial years 2024 or 2025.
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F1: Aston Martin Trolls Mercedes On Twitter Over Hamilton Contract  

Aston Martin’s new recruit Vettel, of course, joins as the second most successful driver on the grid after Mercedes’s Hamilton

The contract saga around Hamilton residing with Mercedes has become a joke

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The contract saga around Hamilton residing with Mercedes has become a joke

Aston Martin’s Twitter handle is having some cheeky fun with the Mercedes social media team on a post where the legendary British team welcomes in its latest scout, Sebastian Vettel, who joins them after a 6-year stint with Scuderia Ferrari. “Oh, really? You’re missing out. Unless you don’t really like updates about drivers, of course,” tweeted the Aston Martin account. “Drop the Seb content and we’ll follow back,” replied the Mercedes account. To which Aston Martin had a savage response trolling the silver arrows about the delay in the announcement of their second driver which most believe will be 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who has been with the team since 2013. 

“Drop the Lewis announcement and we’ll drop the Seb content,” tweeted the former Racing Point marquee. If one would believe Eddie Jordon who founded the team that’s morphed into Aston Martin, the defending world champion could be signing a deal within a week, in January itself. 

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Lewis Hamilton has reportedly made some steep demands for the renewal of the contract which have not pleased the Daimler management. That being said, Mercedes F1 CEO and co-owner Toto Wolff recently said that some legal curveballs have delayed the contract which will be closed before the start of winter testing. Aston Martin is clearly trolling Mercedes over the awkward situation. 

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Aston Martin’s new recruit Vettel, of course, joins as the second most successful driver on the grid after Hamilton and actually reached 4-world titles before Hamilton when he was with Red Bull between 2009-2014. 

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Hamilton and Vettel have been rivals but have often expressed great mutual admiration for each other 

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