Aston Martin partners with Prodrive for the 2012 F1
The F1 has been creating a buzz recently with major issues on KERS, budget, and Ferrari threatening to leave the F1 scene. F1 fans deserve a good news and it is quite a welcome site to see Aston Martin competing in the F1 circuit starting 2012.
Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 tycoon, revealed that Aston Martin will join the championship and will be welcomed as manufacturer entrant. Aston Martin will technically join F1 by next year under the banner of Prodrive. The rebranding to Aston Martin will happen by 2012.
The Aston Martin has collaborations with the McLaren F1 but the executives from Prodrive emphasized that the F1 car will be genuinely Aston Martin.
The budget cap proposal of Max Mosley served as catalyst to the entry of Aston Martin to F1. The issue resulted to threats from various manufacturers to withdraw from F1. The cap also triggered the interest of other manufacturers should it be enforced.
The budget cap is planned to be set to $50 million for every team. This opens the barriers for other manufacturers to enter the F1 scenario, deemed to be the ultimate of motorsport.
Aside from Aston Martin, USGPE and Lola are vying for the three spots on the 2010 F1 grid. There are also rumors that Hyundai and Kia formed an alliance to put a race car on the track. When the red lights go out on the 2010 F1 season, there will be 26 cars on the grid from 13 teams.