Aston Martin is set to scrap the decision to enter the world of Formula One as an engine supplier, as they believe with new engine regulations for 2021 will make the cost prohibitive.
Even though new regulations for 2021 have not been announced yet, people at Aston Martin have reasons to believe that new regulations will be a departure from originally proposed cost-controlled formula.
Speaking to Autocar, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s boss, commenting on their future as an engine supplier said, “It doesn’t look like the new regulations will be of interest, sadly.”
“Aston was interested on the basis that costs would be controlled and that the formula would be one part of an equation that would put control back into the hands of the driver. I don’t see the costs coming down far enough with the regulations I’ve heard discussed and I do see that the opportunity to spend a fortune chasing down a tenth of a second a lap will remain.
“At Aston, we love the sport, and we’d love to be involved, but we cannot get involved in an arms race. It’s needlessly expensive and it undermines the sport because whoever has the advantage of that tenth will win. I won’t say we’re definitely not going to do it until I see the final proposal because there are still some areas where there is not enough clarity. But if the door is left open to a spending war, then we won’t be involved,” he added further.
New rules were first proposed October last year and since then discussions ensued. Under new regulations teams would continue to use 1.6 litre, V6 turbo hybrid engines, but with the MGU-H exhaust energy recovery system – one of the current unit’s most complex and costly elements – removed. At that time Aston announced that they were working on a possible engine project.
While their dream to make engines for F1 didn’t materialise, they will continue to be associated with Formula One as a sponsor of Red Bull team.