Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team and AMR21 debuted at Silverstone
Aston Martin returned to Formula One after a 61 year absence with the debut of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team and its 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship contender, the AMR21 at Silverstone. The AMR21 will be the first works Formula 1 car to carry the famous Aston Martin wings since Maurice Trintignant’s DBR5 crossed the finish line at Silverstone in 1960.
The new AMR21 is powered by a turbo-charged Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance engine with hybrid energy recovery. It ran for the first time at Silverstone during a promotional day on 4 March, 2021. It will embark on a full test programme at Bahrain on 12-14 March.
The car is clad in Aston Martin Racing Green livery. This season, it will be driven by four-time F1TM World Champion Sebastian Vettel (DE) and rising star Lance Stroll (CA). It is also bedecked by a host of global partners, led by American IT giant Cognizant, while the chassis features a magenta stripe down the side in reference to the team’s longstanding partner BWT.
The team will be the global showcase for the brand’s engineering and performance capabilities and future road car technologies. This includes the suite of mid-engined sportscars, inspired by the Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Aston Martin was formed by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 with motorsport at the heart of its endeavour. Next year will mark a century since Aston Martin made its grand prix debut (in France 1922). Since then the brand has enjoyed success in sportscar racing, including overall victory in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Most recently Aston Martin became a double class winner with the Vantage GTE in last year’s race at La Sarthe and is the reigning GT FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ champion.
The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team also boasts a strong bloodline, building on the foundations of Team Silverstone. In its various guises, the team has won five grands prix, and is coming off the back of a race-winning campaign as the Racing Point Formula One Team.