The F1 paddock is thick with speculation that Aston Martin will use the all-powerful Mercedes engine to rise to the summit of the sport. James Bond is heading for F1.Legendary car brand Aston Martin, super spy 007’s car of choice, announced their return to the sport with former champions Red Bull.
And record-breaking F1 designer Adrian Newey has been tasked with building a car that will be faster than an F1 racer.
Fifty-six years after they last competed in Formula 1 one of the greatest names in luxury sports cars is returning in the thick of a boiling controversy.
The technical collaboration aside it is only a branding exercise for now.
Red Bull have complained they have not been allowed access to a competitive engine since falling out with Renault – and been blocked by the two dominating engine powers of F1, Mercedes and Ferrari, fearful they may be outgunned.
So the F1 paddock is thick with speculation that rather than build their own power plant Aston Martin will simply use the all-powerful Mercedes engine that currently rules the sport.
After all, Mercedes supply engines for Aston’s road cars and own five per cent share of Britain’s legendary marque.
For now Red Bull will be using a Renault re-badged as a TAG-Heuer.
But with Aston Martin returning after 55 years out of the sport the next step is anybodies guess.
They contested four races in 1959 and a fifth a year later with Roy Salvadori at the wheel their best start was second and best finish was sixth, twice.
Newey revealed he has been working on the project for a year already.