Aston Martin play down Silverstone factory fire

Jon Wilde
Lance Stroll during free practice for the British GP. Silverstone July 2021.

Lance Stroll's Aston Martin during free practice for the British Grand Prix. Silverstone July 2021.

Aston Martin have insisted a fire that broke out at their Silverstone factory, requiring emergency services to attend, was only a “small” one.

Images on social media showed fire engines at the scene after a blaze had broken out, but the team say it was “quickly extinguished”.

“To those of you asking about reports of an incident at one of our team facilities back in the UK, we can confirm there was a small fire in the extraction system of our wind tunnel which was quickly extinguished,” read a tweet from the team.

“Thank you for checking in on us, it means a lot.”

The tweet referenced “back in the UK” because Aston Martin are in Jeddah for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the 2021 Formula 1 season.

The combined efforts of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll look almost certain to result in a disappointing seventh-placed finish for Aston Martin in this year’s Constructors’ Championship, for they are 35 points behind AlphaTauri in sixth and 54 ahead of Williams in eighth.

Aston Martin are, of course, in the process of building a new factory in Silverstone which is expected to be completed by August 2022.

They are currently still occupying the facility which originally belonged to the Jordan team when they were established in 1991, with a variety of ownership and name changes since then.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “Our existing Silverstone factory is a little piece of Formula 1 history but as an organisation, we have outgrown it.

“What’s more, we will require even more space as we continue to build our head-count over the next few years.

“We are indebted to the local council for their help and understanding throughout the design and consultation phase. We feel like we are creating a landmark that will express and enhance the values and investment that have made the Silverstone Technology Park and Motorsport Valley essential locations for the British technology industry.”


Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll has made no secret of his intention for his squad to become World Championship contenders within the first few years of F1’s new era of regulations, with an ambitious recruitment policy complementing the new facilities.

“Our new buildings reflect not only the scope of our determination to become a World Championship-winning force, but also the scale of our growth and development as an organisation,” said Stroll.