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Magazine: How Aston Martin aims to become an F1 force

Aston Martin’s recent Formula 1 launch showed the team has big ambitions, so now seemed the right time to make it the focus of Autosport magazine, out today (11 March).

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Aston Martin is one of the biggest names in the automotive world and Lawrence Stroll is putting the building blocks in place for it to become an F1 force.

The squad, previously known as Racing Point (among many other monikers), has long had a reputation for punching above its weight. With extra financial clout behind it, that punch should soon have a lot more energy.

Luke Smith has spoken to all the key players for this week’s cover feature to find out what the plans are, how high the team can climb and what it can do to revitalise Sebastian Vettel’s career after his dismal final campaign at Ferrari.

This season is too early to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull – Aston will surely be in the fight with Ferrari, McLaren and Renault for third spot in the constructors’ championship – but the team is another eyeing the new 2022 regulations with relish.

We also chart the squad’s performance since it arrived in F1 in 1991, as Jordan, and pick out the top five cars ‘Team Silverstone’ has fielded over the past 30 years.

Aston Martin’s factory involvement in endurance racing is coming to an end for now, but we couldn’t let its fine GT programme with Prodrive pass into history without a proper farewell. Gary Watkins takes a look back at what could be argued is Aston’s best motorsport period so far with some of the people that made it happen.

Brian Redman made his name in sportscar racing and, to celebrate the Briton’s 84th birthday, he picks out the greatest moments of his illustrious career for Autosport, while Marcus Pye speaks to the youngster who was Autosport’s club driver of the year in 2020.

Be sure to look out for our special issue next week (18 March), which will include our in-depth analysis of F1 testing and the first, free Engineering supplement of 2021.

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