Otmar Szafnauer says that Aston Martin’s goal is to win a World Championship by 2026 at the latest and compete for them sooner.
The British company returned to the world of Formula 1 this season with the team formerly known as Racing Point undergoing a rebrand.
They’re very much a midfield team this year, but like every over outfit, will be hoping to move up the order when the new regulations are introduced next year.
In fact, Szafnauer has stated that they’re aiming to be fighting for titles as soon as three years from now, and want to be winning them two years after that.
“If we could be a World Championship contender in three to four years, it would be a success. I think we would consider winning the World Championship within five years as a success,” he said as per motorsport-total.com.
“If we look at the teams that have recently won multiple world championships in a row, it took Mercedes four years to buy Brawn, ”
“And as far as I can remember, the time frame at Red Bull after buying Jaguar Racing was a similar one, also three to four years.”
Brawn GP became Mercedes after the 2009 campaign in which they ended up winning both World Championships, but despite that, it still took a long time for the German team to become the dominant force that they are, with the outfit not claiming a title double until the start of the hybrid era in 2014.
Aston Martin on the other hand are a team that, with their previous identity, were permanently in the midfield with P4 in 2020 being their best-ever result in the Constructors’ Championship.
The team principal does admit, because of that, it could be a slightly longer journey to the top for Sebastian Vettel and co.
“We are starting on a lower basis, I think,” he added.
“When Mercedes bought Brawn, the team was just world champion. We were fourth a few times and were never contenders for the World Championship.”
Szafnauer recently revealed, as part of their mission to win titles, the team are in the process of expanding their workforce from 535 to roughly 800, while a new wind tunnel and factory are also currently being developed by Lawrence Stroll’s team.