The history of the Aston Martin F1 team
Aston Martin first competed in Formula 1 in 1959 and 1960 with Roy Salvadori, Carroll Shelby, and Maurice Trintignant, but the team failed to collect a single point. Their best finish was sixth place in the 1959 British and Portuguese Grand Prix. The Aston Martin name returned to the sport in the 2021 season.
Lawrence Stroll consortium bought into Force India in 2018, then renamed the team Racing Point. The team went through several different versions and was initially founded by Eddie Jordan in 1991. The team was named Jordan (1991-2005), Midland (2006), Spyker (2007) and Force India (2008-2018). After Stroll Sr also bought shares of Aston Martin in 2020, and for commercial purposes, his team were renamed Aston Martin from the 2021 season.
The team let Sergio Perez go and brought in Sebastian Vettel alongside Lance Stroll. In their first two seasons, Vettel finished once on the podium at the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After Vettel decided to retire, another former world champion, Fernando Alonso, was signed by Aston Martin. In the first half of the 2023 season, Aston Martin significantly improved, with Alonso already finishing on the podium six teams.
Aston Martin in 2023
Aston Martin are currently one of the competitors who are fighting for second place in the Constructors’ championship. They started the season strong and must keep their development going in their fight against Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren.
Who drives the Aston Martin car?
Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll will drive the Aston Martin car during the 2023 Formula 1 season. It will be their first season together as a teammate duo. Alonso has a contract signed until the end of 2024, and while Stroll has not been renewed, he will likely remain in the seat as his father, Lawrence Stroll, owns the team.
Which engine will Aston Martin use?
Aston Martin will use a Mercedes engine for the 2023 Formula 1 season. The team have used the Mercedes engine since 2009 and kept using the Mercedes when Aston Martin took over. They will continue to do so until the end of 2025. It has been announced that from 2026 onwards, after the regulation change, Aston Martin will team up with Honda.