Aston Martin’s plans to return to Formula 1 in a partnership with Force India have been put on hold until 2017, latter’s COO Otmar Szafnauer has revealed.
British sportscar maker Aston Martin has been vying a spot on the F1 grid recently as part of a wider plan to increase its sales figures. And while talks between Aston and Force India reached an advanced stage over the winter, delays in decision-making have effectively scuppered chances of a deal being finalised before the start of the new season.
"It was flattering to have the serious discussions with Aston Martin and it's a big decision for them to enter the sport and also to partner with Force India," Szafnauer told Autosport.
"The talks are still ongoing. I can't foresee it for 2016, but you don't know what the future holds. The door isn't shut on that but for 2016 we'll remain Force India," he added.
Aston Martin was forced to turn its attention to Force India after its original plan to engineer a deal between Red Bull and Mercedes - and rebadge the German manufacturer’s engine - failed to materialise.
Aston briefly competed in Formula 1 in 1959 and ‘60, failing to score a single championship point with its outdated front-engined cars.
by Rachit Thukral