Aston Martin has cemented its ties with the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team; the latest step in a series of manoeuvres that seems to be leading towards Aston entering the pinnacle racing series in 2021. The partnership will lead to future collaborations along the lines of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar that saw involvement from Red Bull's renowned chief designer Adrian Newey.
Further good news comes in the form of 110 new jobs being formed by an Advanced Performance Centre opening in Milton Keynes, on the site of Red Bull's F1 base.
The Gaydon-headquartered auto maker said it would also look at providing the Silverstone-based team's new engine "if the circumstances are right".
He said: "Title partnership is the next logical step for our "innovation partnership" with Red Bull Racing".
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed the strengthened partnership, adding: "Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one". We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula 1 provides. Right now they're "evaluating the opportunity" to be involved in the team's power unit from 2021 after being asked by the FIA to join discussions on future engines for F1.
"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".
With McLaren taking over the supply of Renault engines originally earmarked for Toro Rosso - now partnering with Honda for 2018 - the French manufacturer has chose to end its relationship with Red Bull.
For the two companies, the partnership will be more than just a branding exercise as both Aston Martin and RBR will be working on several new projects.
When Infiniti left Red Bull for their natural home at Renault, Red Bull looked to fill that automotive gap with a new brand, and did that on a small scale with Aston Martin.
Aston Martin is not new to F1, they made an attempt in 1959 and 1960 with the DBR4 and DBR5 respectively.
Red Bull joined into an innovation partnership with the British vehicle manufacturer in 2016 and the pair are working together to help develop the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.
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