Aston Martin will once again return to the fastest sport on earth this season, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team (Formerly Racing Point) proudly revealed its 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship contender today.
The luxury British car manufacturer hasn’t featured on an F1 grid in over 60 years, and 2021 will now mark its triumphant return.
Piloting the AMR21 will be Canadian driver Lance Stroll alongside four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
The team will be looking to build on its progress in 2020, and with a new Mercedes M12 E Performance engine on board, and a competitive lineup, fans are sure to be excited for what’s to come.
A global audience tuned in to see the team’s new livery, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ensure the cancellation of large gatherings.
The fact that the event was streamed online, however, didn’t take away from the excitement felt by those watching.
The new AMR21 will be powered by a turbocharged Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance engine with hybrid energy recovery.
Fans can expect to see this beauty out on track for the first time at Silverstone during a promotional day on March 4, 2021, before kicking off pre-season testing in Bahrain on March 12-14.
Speaking at today’s launch, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, Lawrence Stroll said:
“I’ve dreamed about this day for a very long time. I’ve always been a car guy and I’ve always loved racing, too. My first dream was to own a Formula One™ team.
“My second dream was to acquire a significant shareholding in Aston Martin Lagonda. Today is about the merging of those two dreams. So, as I say, today is all about dreams, and it shows that dreams really can come true, in the shape of our new AMR21.
“Aston Martin returning to Formula One™ after an absence of 61 years will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans, commanding global attention.
“The team who designed and built our new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ car – the 500 men and women who conceive, manufacture, build and prepare our cars so that we can go racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport – has always punched above its weight.
“Now, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team, it has the power with which to punch even harder.
“This is just the beginning. The team is pushing forward, and our ambitions are limitless. We now have the pieces in place, the people and the partners, to make real progress.
“The launch of the new AMR21 is also the celebration of a new beginning for Aston Martin. Today’s transformational event has given us the opportunity to communicate the evolution of the iconic Aston Martin Wings logo for only the 12th time in the company’s 108-year history.
“The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ car is our group’s highest expression of performance, innovation, engineering quality, attention to detail, and teamwork. For that reason, it’s natural that our new logo should make its debut on our new Formula One™ car.”
The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team will make its F1 return at the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March, 2021.