Helmut Marko Says Aston Martin Exit a Good Thing for Red Bull F1

Published 02/05/2020, 4:07 AM EST

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has proclaimed that Aston Martin’s departure from the team is only good news. The Austrian revealed that the move would only uncomplicate relations with Honda and benefit the team.

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Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin part ways

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll rescued Aston Martin from certain collapse by purchasing a 16.7% stake in the team. The consortium, led by Stroll invested a staggering 316 million dollars.

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The move was followed by an announcement that Racing Point F1 would be rebranded from 2021. In 2021, Racing Point will become an Aston Martin works F1 team. Additionally, this resulted in Aston Martin cutting ties with Red Bull Racing from the 2021 season.

Aston Martin and Redbull Racing first joined in hands in 2016. The teams worked together on the highly anticipated sports car – ‘Valkyrie’. In 2018, Red Bull signed Aston Martin as title sponsors and featured the iconic logo on their rear wing.

Speaking to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, Helmut Marko reflected on the exit

“We are more than satisfied with the technical progress, especially in terms of reliability,”

“But it is the overall package with marketing, promotion and driver training that makes the collaboration successful,”

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“And the end with Aston Martin as the title sponsor makes living with Honda even easier.” Added Marko.

Red Bull Racing also released a press release, acknowledging the exit. The team thanked the British manufacturer for a successful partnership over the years. Furthermore, the team also highlighted that it would work with Aston Martin to deliver Valkyrie.

Aston Martin has previously competed in Formula One. The team participated in the 1959 and 1960 F1 seasons, but with limited success. Aston Martin achieved a best finish of sixth place during its brief time in F1.

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Red Bull switched to Honda power for the first time in 2019. The team had a fairly decent season and picked up 3 victories. Honda’s current deal with the Milton-Keynes outfit only stretches till the end of 2021. Should the Japanese manufacturer decide to call it quits, Red Bull may be in a spot of bother.

Red Bull will launch its 2020 F1 car on February 12. With Honda reportedly making good progress over the winter break, the team will be hoping for a stronger showing in 2020.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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