Next season, safety and medical vehicles for Formula 1 will be supplied by two automakers – Mercedes and Aston Martin.
According to Racefans, citing its sources, in 2021, a safety car manufactured by Aston Martin will be used at twelve stages out of twenty-three. In the remaining eleven races – Mercedes.
It is not yet clear how the stages will be distributed between brands, but it is assumed that Aston Martin will be presented at the Grand Prix in countries of interest to the British automaker. Mercedes safety cars will remain in countries such as Brazil, where Aston Martin’s share of sales is minimal.
The safety car is expected to be an Aston Martin DBX powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine. Presumably Mercedes will use the current model, the AMG GT R.
Earlier this year, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll acquired a 20% stake in Aston Martin. Mercedes has the same percentage of shares in the British automaker.