Aston Martin Chief Executive, Andy Palmer confirms the British marque are no longer interested in producing an engine for Formula One racing post 2021.
With potential new engine regulations designed to cap the spiralling cost of development mooted to come into play for the 2021 Grand Prix season, several new manufacturers have been spotted involved in heavy negotiations with the power brokers behind Formula One over the last 12 months, taking part in multiple planning sessions and forming part of a group of OEM's working towards solidifying plans to bring about a new chapter of power unit performance within the sport.
With representatives from Cosworth, Porsche and Aston Martin all having taken some role within the negotiation process, it has long been thought that the possibility of another new engine manufacturer within the sport is within reach come the rollout of the proposed simplification and cost reduction plans for the coming years.
However with those outline intentions revealed back in April having now seemingly moved further away from the initial concept, Palmer has confirmed his Aston Martin brand will no longer be looking to pursue a programme in Grand Prix racing, confirming the historic marque has "cancelled" plans to enter the top tier of open wheel racing in the immediate future:
“When it looked like the rules were going to change, we did take a look at whether we should do our own engine for F1,” Palmer speaking to the Reuters news service said this weekend.
“But then Liberty essentially changed their mind and continued with the current engine, so we cancelled those plans.”News of Aston Martin's decision to move away from a serious review of an entry into Formula One will come as a blow to a sport where only Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda are represented on the engine front, leaving new owners Liberty Media something of a headache as they continue to investigate ways of making the series more attractive to new teams and manufacturers going forward, something the category has failed to achieve in the last few years.
With Cosworth also having gone alarmingly quiet on the subject in recent months, and the potential involvement of Porsche only ever having been considered as exploratory at best, it looks like the big four brands will continue to dominate the championship for the next few years at least.