The Aston Martin – RedBull partnership that started with the hypercar, the AM-01, seems to have taken the next step towards the future. With the AM-01 project nearing completion, Aston Martin seems to have agreed to invest in RedBull F1 for the 2018 season.
With the new engine rules coming in 2021, Aston Martin aspires to build a F1 engine once the new regulations are implemented. The active partnership with RedBull in F1 will certainly help the British carmaker align to the latest developments in the sport, easing their process of building a new F1 engine on their own.
While Aston Martin is positive about its return to Formula 1, their participation as an engine manufacturer solely depends upon the new regulations. The existing rules have almost no cap on the expense budgets and Aston Martin might not be interested in building engines if it continues to be so. According to them, budget limitations will foster more innovation, at the same time encourage wider participation from manufacturers as well as privateer teams which will eventually turn out to be beneficial for the sport.