With Aston Martin entering Formula 1 in 2021, a former Ferrari engineer believes that the team’s plans are bigger than they look.
The British company is returning to the grid for the first time since 1960, with the team formerly known as Racing Point being rebranded.
They made a statement earlier this year by signing four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, and are aiming to take P3 in the Championship in 2021.
Looking at the movement of staff in the paddock though, former Ferrari engineer Ernest Knoors thinks that the plans are even bigger than they seem.
“I think Aston Martin is a very interesting project to keep an eye on for the future. I think there is also a bit of shifting of important people behind the scenes in Formula 1,” he told RTLGP.
“It’s a bit of a guess if you’re not really in it, but I do suspect that more is happening at Aston Martin than we are seeing now, that there is a bigger plan behind it.
“Aston Martin already has cars in other championships and there is quite a bit of involvement from AMG engineers there. Those are things that do point in a certain direction, let me put it this way.”
— Aston Martin F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) January 1, 2021
The rebranding of the team was officially announced on social media on New Year’s Day, and anticipation is high ahead of the car’s unveiling next month.
Discussing the transition, team principal Otmar Szafnauer said that he and the staff feel privileged to be representing such an iconic brand.
“We’ve had almost a year of preparation to reach this point and we’re really looking forward to seeing the reaction when we finally unveil our new identity as the Aston Martin Formula 1 Team,” he said in an official press release.
“Representing such an iconic brand is a huge privilege for every member of the team. We’ve earned a well-deserved reputation for punching above our weight, so we’re confident we can do the Aston Martin name proud right from the get-go.”