Aston Martin is the latest identity of the Silverstone-based team which began life as Jordan and transitioned through a variety of names including a decade-long spell as Force India before being purchased by a consortium headed by billionaire Lawrence Stroll.
Aston Martin team history
Previous identities: Jordan (1991-2005), Midland (2006), Spyker (2007), Force India (2008-2018), Racing Point (2019-20), Aston Martin (2021-present)
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Aston Martin’s Formula 1 history stretches as far back as 1959, where the British sports car manufacturer raced in the world championship for the first time with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. After competing in three rounds in 1960, Aston Martin left F1 and would not return to the grid until over fifty years later.
In 2018, Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya’s business empire faced a series of legal challenges, with his Force India team falling into administration ahead of F1’s summer break. The team was then purchased by a consortium led by Stroll, father of F1 driver Lance Stroll, and renamed as Racing Point.
Eventually Racing Point were rebranded as Aston Martin in 2021, bringing the iconic brand back onto the grid. Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel joined the team to race alongside Lance Stroll, with the pair enjoying moderate success in the first season. Vettel secured the team’s first podium in British Racing Green in Azerbaijan and would have had a second in Hungary had his car not later been disqualified for failing to give a fuel sample after the race.
In early 2022, team principal Otmar Szafnauer departed the team to join Alpine, with his role filled by Mike Krack. The team endured a slow start to the season but developed their AMR22 over the year to eventually become involved in a close fight with Alfa Romeo over sixth place in the constructors’ championship – which they would eventually lose on countback after agonisingly finishing equal on points with their rivals.
Vettel retired at the end of 2022, with Aston Martin stunning the paddock not long after Vettel’s retirement announcement by signing Fernando Alonso to join the team at the end of the season.
Aston Martin began 2023 incredibly strongly, with Alonso beginning the season by taking three successive podiums and putting his team in second place behind the dominant Red Bulls in the constructors’ championship.
Work had also begun on a major new factory adjacent to Aston Martin’s old one at Silverstone, with the first elements of the multi-million dollar facility opening up in 2023.
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Major team personnel
Chairman – Lawrence Stroll
CEO – Martin Whitmarsh
Team principal – Mike Krack
Technical director – Dan Fallows
Deputy technical director – Eric Blandin
Sporting director – Andy Stevenson
Engineering director – Luca Furbatto
Chief mechanic – Curtis Stone
Head of trackside engineering – Brad Joyce
Head of IT trackside – Brian Johnston
Race engineer, Stroll – Ben Michell
Race engineer, Alonso – Chris Cronin
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