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SBD Global/January 3, 2018/Franchises

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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