Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer has revealed there is a “clear objective to establish Aston Martin as one of the top teams in the sport” from 2021 onwards.
Lawrence Stroll and his consortium recently completed a deal to become a stakeholder in the luxury British carmaker and, as part of the agreement, Racing Point will re-brand as Aston Martin in 2021.
The imminent return of such an iconic name has given the team back at Silverstone a huge lift as they work towards some pretty lofty targets in the years to come.
“It certainly provides a real injection of energy for the 465 loyal and hard-working staff in Silverstone,” Szafnauer said via the official team website.
“The team has been in business, under various names, for 30 years and is more than ready to become a manufacturer team.
“Lawrence [Stroll] spoke to the staff last week and set out the clear objective to establish Aston Martin as one of the top teams in the sport.
“Everyone is proud to represent a legendary car manufacturer returning to the pinnacle of motorsport.”
Szafnauer shared further details on what the Aston Martin deal will bring to the team.
“Creating a works F1 team achieves a number of objectives for Aston Martin,” he added.
“It delivers a high-profile marketing platform for the road car division, which will enhance commercial appeal in all areas of the business. There is also the obvious technical collaboration between the F1 programme and the road cars, with F1 technology filtering through to the products Aston Martin launches in the years ahead.
“This is particularly relevant to the mid-engine philosophy that is just around the corner. The competitive environment of racing is a rich avenue for innovation and the opportunity for technology cross-over is incredibly exciting.”