Red Bull Racing extends partnership with Aston Martin for 2018
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 25, 2017 Updated: 3:11 PM
Monday, Red Bull Racing announced they will continue their relationship with British car manufacturer Aston Martin as their title and innovation partner for 2018. This relationship began last year and lead to the creation and launch of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. Continuing this partnership will involve a name change with the team with competing as ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’ from 2018 onwards.
Speaking on the continued partnership with Aston Martin, Red bull team principle Christian Horner, said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”
The continued relationship between Aston Martin and the four-time Constructor's champions will see a new performance center built at the team headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides. The power unit discussions (in Formula One) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”
Red Bull still continues to be one of the top three teams in F1 as the team hopes to return to form in battling rivals Mercedes and Ferrari. The team has seen progress with driver Daniel Ricciardo scoring six podiums this season as they hold third in the constructor's championship.