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  • Aston Martin In Talks With Several F1 Teams Regarding Potential Engine Supply Deal

    Aston Martin "has had interest from a handful of Formula 1 teams" regarding the possibility of taking a supply of its power units from '21 and beyond, according to Lawrence Barretto of AUTOSPORT. The British car maker, which will become Red Bull’s title sponsor in '18, "is keen on F1’s next engine rules cycle," providing the production and development costs are "controlled." Aston Martin President & CEO Andy Palmer said that he was "encouraged" by the direction of the '21 engine plans, which were presented by F1 execs in October. Red Bull "would be an obvious candidate to become a customer, given the relationship and comments" from Team Principal Christian Horner that the team "would be open to an arrangement" with Aston. It "emerged that other independent teams on the grid have been in contact with Aston regarding taking a supply" and it reportedly "could be in a position to create the capacity for more than two teams" (AUTOSPORT, 1/2).

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  • Toto Wolff Says Mercedes Formula 1 Is Considering Creating B-Team

    Mercedes Motorsport Dir Toto Wolff said that the Formula 1 team "could follow in Ferrari's footsteps" by creating its own "B-team" like the Italian brand has done with Alfa Romeo and Sauber, according to Ryan Wood of MOTORSPORT WEEK. Sauber will be known as Alfa Romeo Sauber in '18 following "a link-up with the Italian manufacturer which shares a president with Ferrari in Sergio Marchionne." The partnership is focused on selling more Alfa Romeo cars, "but will run Ferrari engines and a Ferrari-backed driver in Charles Leclerc." The team "will also receive technical support from Ferrari, effectively making it a B-team." Wolff reckons that is a "clever strategy" that could "aid Ferrari's championship hopes, whilst giving it more power in the sport." Wolff said, "I think what Sergio Marchionne and [team principal] Maurizio [Arrivabene] are doing is very clever. They've had a good relationship with Haas. That has helped Haas and helped Ferrari and what they are doing now with Sauber is very visionary. It can be an alliance that can be dangerous for us. ... It's something that we are considering" (MOTORSPORT WEEK, 1/2).

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