Success in Formula 1 to Aston Martin will not come immediatelyFebruary 2, 2020
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, commenting on the decision to sell a 20% stake in the company to a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll and the upcoming transformation of Racing Point into Aston Martin’s factory team, said with confidence that the Canadian billionaire “didn’t just appear in Formula 1 paddock.”
“He is investing in a team so that she can fight for victory. In addition, we would not want to work with a team that doesn’t even have the chance to go up to the podium, ”Palmer said in an interview with Autocar.
Gary Anderson, a veteran of Formula 1, a well-known British designer, and now an expert in the new The Race motorsport edition, welcomes the return of Aston Martin to Formula 1 after a 60-year break, on the other hand, warns that if the future factory team is destined to achieve victories , it will not happen soon.
Actually, the Aston Martin brand returned to the championship a few years ago, and the joint project with Red Bull Racing can be considered quite successful, but the company was only the title sponsor of the Milton Keynes team. The first experience of direct participation of Aston Martin in Formula 1 was unsuccessful: in 1959 and 1960. DBR4 and DBR5 cars took part in only a few races, but were uncompetitive, and the project was minimized.
But now in the racing history of the company, on the account of which the striking successes at Le Mans, achieved both in the late 50s and nowadays, begin a new chapter, now in partnership with a team that several times over its 30 years of existence changed owners and names. In 1991, Jordan made her debut in Formula 1, in 2006 she became Midland, a year later she changed the sign to Spyker, in 2008 she turned into Force India, in 2019 – into Racing Point, and from next year in the World Cup Aston Martin factory team will participate.
Gary Anderson was once the chief designer of Jordan, creating her first chassis, which in 1991 attracted everyone’s attention – both because the car looked very elegant, and because it turned out to be surprisingly fast. It was at the wheel of Jordan 191 that Michael Schumacher made his official debut in Formula 1.
Now, Anderson wants to warn his former team that high expectations can become an obstacle to the goal.
“The news related to Aston Martin is positive for Racing Point, but one thing bothers me: big ambitions can be a distraction,” he shared on social networks. – It is imperative that the strengths of the team be further developed – we are talking about specialists working in the racing team and the technical department of the team – and that the owners are not dizzy from the prospects.
In modern Formula 1, the team needs time to break into the group of leaders. The 2021 reforms and the change of technical regulations are a good starting point, but it is important to remember the long-term program. “Ambition is an important factor, but it’s just as important to remain realistic, and if you can find the right balance, the team can succeed, but you can’t shorten this path by cutting something.”
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