Aston Martin have revealed their 2021 challenger, the AMR21, and with it a target to win championships within five years.
Taking over from Racing Point, the famous Aston Martin name returns to the Formula 1 grid for 2021, following an absence of over 60 years.
It all came about following Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll’s investment in the luxury car brand, clearing the way for a rebranding of his Formula 1 team.
But Aston Martin are not returning just to take part, instead they are going to set out a plan to win titles in Formula 1 within the next five years.
“It’s a lot easier to say we’re going to be fighting and winning a World Championship than actually doing it,” said team boss Otmar Szafnauer, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“The two things that have to happen is one we need a good plan, in order for us to start today and get to World Championship contenders, and then we’ve got to execute. And we’re in the midst of that planning now.
“The execution will definitely take some time. People in F1 and other teams have said you know you’ve got to give us three to five years to do so. And we’re no different.
“For the last year we’ve planned a new factory with new infrastructure, and a place to house all of us under one roof to grow the team, and the implementation of that has just now begun at Silverstone.
“Towards the end of 2022, we should be moving into a new factory for example, and within that factory we’re going to need state of the art tools that will help us design and develop a car that’s worthy of contending for a World Championship, so that’s a few years away.
“If I have to look into the future, you know it’ll be in the three to five year time period.”
Sebastian Vettel, who makes the move to Aston Martin for 2021 after departing Ferrari, knows all about taking a team to championship glory having won the Drivers’ Championship four seasons in a row with Red Bull from 2010-13, the Austrian outfits only drivers titles to date.
And with a budget cap now in play, Vettel felt it could take less than three to five years for Aston Martin to become title contenders.
“Formula 1 is changing at the same time, so time will tell, but maybe you don’t need those three to five years anymore,” he said.
“Maybe it will shrink, and that’s the hope for everyone, to be a bit closer to the top and not just be on the podium because you got lucky that the guys at the front retired or crashed. We’ll see how Formula 1 changes in the next years.”