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Aston Martin will be a team for everyone, says Stroll

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20/01/2021

Even before a wheel has turned, Aston Martin appears to be taking a lead in terms of the world championship.

Whilst its rivals continue to post lame rallying cries, "such as counting the days' and "who's looking forward to...", Aston Martin is creating an atmosphere of genuine anticipation.

While the team continues to play on its minimal F1 involvement of the past, at least the 'new' kid on the block isn't going down the dreaded "tradition of excellence" that made British American Racing a laughing stock from the outset.

In the Silverstone-based outfit's latest iteration, Stroll appears to be leaving nothing to chance in his determination to establish the Aston Martin brand away from the road and track.

While anticipation builds around the team, its car and its drivers, Stroll is looking to get fans more involved than ever before.

"I want them to know that we want to bring them right into the heart of this team and our journey," says the Canadian. "That might sound like a platitude, but I can assure you it's a serious ambition that has been the focal point of a huge amount of work over the past 12 months.

"We are investing in everything we do," he continues, "especially in areas such as social media to tell this wonderful story.

"We want this to be a team for everyone - reaching out beyond the sport but remembering the dedicated fans that have brought us to where we are today. To achieve that we'll need to think outside of the box - and I'm hoping everybody will see us doing just that with a fresh and modern identity for the team."

In his own words, Aston Martin is "investing in everything" it does, but why, what is the point?

"Everyone knows what Aston Martin stands for," he says, "but the Formula One team will allow us to take the essence of the brand to new places, building on the strong foundations laid by the previous iterations of the team.

"We want to talk to new and wider audiences, engaging them not just with the team but with Formula One itself. We're taking an organisation filled with experienced, passionate racers and combining that with an aspirational lifestyle brand.

"The aim is to appeal to the next generation of fans as well as the hard-core followers, bringing new ideas, energy and attitudes in the process. That journey begins now on our way to the exciting moment of launching the first Aston Martin to race at a Grand Prix weekend in more than six decades.

"Formula One is a hugely powerful platform that will play a key part in the overall Aston Martin strategy as we seek to take the company forward," he admits. "It is a truly global sport with a huge audience that we believe can help reignite the brand and further increase its desirability all over the world.

"We have already begun to see the results of our hard work with the announcement of Cognizant as title partner, which will play a key role in our digital transformation.

"Motorsport has always been an important part of the Aston Martin story, right from its early days, and we're all proud to be adding to that legacy. The return of Aston Martin to Formula One after more than 60 years away is also a landmark moment in the history of the sport. This is the arena where many of the world's biggest and best automotive manufacturers have competed and had success, so it's a hugely exciting challenge for everyone involved as we aim to get this iconic British sports car brand amongst those names."

Asked how important is it for Aston Martin to be represented in F1, he replies: "Plain and simple, it's where Aston Martin should be.

"This is a brand that has already had huge success in top-level international motorsport such as the Le Mans 24 Hours - and now we have an opportunity to write a new page in the history books. That's a hugely exciting prospect for anyone who is a lover of the Aston Martin brand, for fans of Formula One and the sport itself."

So, where does Formula One sit in the overall structure?

"It's the centrepiece of our marketing strategy and a key component of the business. The team will bring a new attitude and energy with it, expanding our appeal beyond the existing core and casual Formula One fans.

"Whether it's results on the racetrack, expanding our presence in emerging platforms like Esports, or delivering exciting new activations, we want to make people sit up and take notice.

"The arrival of Cognizant is the first exciting step in our drive forward. Formula One is also the perfect shop window for Aston Martin as a brand and the amazing cars we produce.

"There has been plenty of talk about road relevance in Formula One in recent seasons, and we will see genuine trickle-down of technology and innovation from the track to the road. We will demonstrate those links between Formula One and the road cars, especially with our mid-engine range that will be launched in the future."

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1. Posted by @R1Racing71, 20/01/2021 11:13

"Absolutely, Aston Martin the brand of the working classes."

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2. Posted by Burton, 19/01/2021 16:06

"Not for me, Clive."

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3. Posted by Wokingchap, 19/01/2021 15:24

"I hope the their performance this season can live up to their name. Come on AM, I am expecting great things from you ....good luck."

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4. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 19/01/2021 13:58

"Can't wait to see all the new AM F1 gear. The Aston Martin Racing gear or Red Bull stuff wasn't that exciting and many AM owners just did not buy a lot of it like Ferrari owners buy a lot of Ferrari kit.

Is Hackett still their clothing sponsor?"

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5. Posted by Max Noble, 19/01/2021 13:50

"Send me a DB11 and I’m right in the heart of the journey. “A tradition of hubris” might be about to have its Genesis. "

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