Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery
In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.
When Aston Martin first boldly declared its Formula 1 comeback plans with a works team for 2021, the cynics were quick to suggest it would be little more than a rebadging exercise. After all, with the former Racing Point team continuing to use Mercedes customer engines and operate out of its Silverstone facilities, it was not hard to argue that it did not have the true manufacturer status of Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari.
But as time has gone on, and the momentum behind the Aston Martin F1 project has gathered, it has become increasingly clear that there is much more to the British sportscar manufacturer’s return to grand prix racing than just painting the old pink cars a spectacular shade of green.
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