Mercedes has always had a long-standing relationship with the Formula One racing division, with the German automaker supplying the F1 with its official Safety Cars since 1996. Now, it looks like the F1 is ready to welcome a new Safety Cars supplier for the 2021 season in the form of Aston Martin, but worry not Mercedes fans, your favourite automaker will still have a role to play in the Formula One championship.
F1 has announced a new multi-year partnership with both Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG that will see the manufacturers supply the Official Safety and Medical Cars to the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2021.
As part of the agreement, Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG will alternate the supply of the vehicles at each race in 2021.
Aston Martin will run a specially equipped version of the iconic Vantage – the most powerful model in the luxury British brand’s production range – for its safety car, while the Aston Martin DBX will be used as the carmaker’s medical vehicle.
Both the Vantage and DBX will feature a ‘2021 Aston Martin Racing Green’ livery, each with Lime Green accents, to celebrate the marques return to F1 after more than 60 years.
The racing green Vantage Safety Car is powered by a 4.0l twin-turbo V8 engine, managing 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The DBX Medical Car will reach 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with 700NM of torque from the same engine as the Vantage.
Mercedes-AMG, who have supplied the Official Safety Car and Official Medical Car since 1996, will continue to run their Mercedes-AMG GT R and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate vehicles as their safety car and medical car respectively, with both sporting a brand-new look for 2021.
In terms of what the brand-new looks entail, Mercedes-AMG GT R and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate will feature a new bright red paintwork from the beginning of the campaign, enhancing visibility while also representing Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team partner CrowdStrike.
The AMG GT R has a 4.0l biturbo V8 and can reach 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, while the C 63 S Estate is modified with FIA-spec medical equipment, as is the DBX.
“We are delighted to welcome Aston Martin as a supplier of FIA Formula 1 Safety and Medical Cars, sharing the role together with our longstanding partners at Mercedes-AMG who have been with us since 1996,” said Michael Masi, FIA Formula 1 Race Director and Safety Delegate.
“These cars need to be fast in all conditions and carry a huge amount of cutting-edge technology onboard, and looking at the Vantage and DBX, Aston Martin has done an impressive job getting the cars ready for action,” Masi added.