Racing Point is rebranding and returning on the grid as Aston Martin next season. The green machine first entered Formula 1 in 1959, but only raced for one year. The UK-based team will make a comeback at the Australian Grand Prix after 60 years on March 21 this year.
Racing Point had a fantastic year this season. They finished P4 in the standings with 195, compared to P7 with 73 points last season. While Aston Martin was the primary sponsor for Red Bull Racing, they will now take a new step and join the grid as a new manufacturer.
They will enter the grid with the four-time champion, Sebastian Vettel, and multiple podium finisher, Lance Stroll. The team will reveal their car for the season in February this season.
“In February, the team will reveal its 2021 F1 car and livery, which includes four-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel and multiple Grand Prix podium finisher, Lance Stroll,” reads a media release.
CEO and Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer said, “We’ve had almost a year of preparation to reach this point and we’re really looking forward to seeing the reaction when we finally unveil our new identity as the Aston Martin Formula One Team.”
“Representing such an iconic brand is a huge privilege for every member of the team. We’ve earned a well-deserved reputation for punching above our weight, so we’re confident we can do the Aston Martin name proud right from the get-go,” he added.
The team is entering the grid at the back of an impressive season, and thus, they will hope to make the most of their momentum and continue to take the fight to the teams at the top of the standings.
“It’s the start of a new journey and I can sense an extra energy in the team, with a determination to push performance further than ever before,” said the Aston Martin CEO.
“Combined with some of the most creative minds in the business, a true racers’ mentality and the can-do spirit that has served us so well through the years, we have every reason to be excited about the future,” he concluded.
Aston Martin’s return on the grid will be a historic moment in the sport’s history. The luxury British brand will return after six-decades and will hope that Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll will help make their first year a success.