Motorsport Memorabilia Header
Site logo

Aston Martin to supply Safety and Medical Cars to F1

NEWS STORY
08/03/2021

Formula 1 has announced a new multi-year partnership with Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG that will see both manufacturers supply official Safety Cars and Medical Cars to the world championship from 2021.

Both manufacturers will alternate the supply of the vehicles at each race with this being the first time in 25 years that different vehicle manufacturers have supplied the official vehicles.

Aston Martin will run a specially equipped version of their Vantage - the most powerful model in the British brand's production range - for its safety car, while the Aston Martin DBX will fulfil the carmaker's medical car commitment.

Both the Aston Martin Vantage and Aston Martin DBX will be feature a '2021 Aston Martin Racing Green' livery, each with Lime Green accents, to celebrate the marques return to F1 after more than 60 years.

Mercedes-AMG, who have supplied the official Safety Car and Medical Car since 1996, will continue to run their Mercedes-AMG GT R and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate vehicles as their safety car and medical car respectively, with both sporting a brand-new look for 2021.

New bright red paintwork will adorn both Mercedes vehicles from the beginning of the campaign, enhancing visibility while also representing Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team partner CrowdStrike. The American cybersecurity technology company becomes the Official Mercedes Safety Car Partner from this season.

Aston Martin will make their debuts in Sakhir at the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March, with Mercedes-AMG's rebranded safety vehicles running at the Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell' Emilia Romagna at Imola on 18 April. The remainder of the 2021 season will be split between the two manufacturers.

Germany's Bernd Maylander will remain behind the wheel of the FIA Safety Car at each Grand Prix, while South African Alan van der Merwe will continue his role in piloting the FIA Medical Car.

"We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with both Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG to provide the Official Safety and Medical Cars to the FIA Formula One World Championship," said Stefano Domenicali. "Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG are iconic automotive brands, and we are proud of their place in our incredible sport.

"The safety and medical cars are a hugely important part Formula 1 and are always there to keep our drivers safe. Last season we witnessed the heroic speed and dedication required by the crews in rescuing Romain Grosjean from his dramatic accident, and the both the Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG cars are perfectly equipped to respond at a moment's notice to ensure the safety of the drivers."

"We are delighted to welcome Aston Martin as a supplier of FIA Formula 1 Safety and Medical Cars," added Michael Masi, "sharing the role together with our longstanding partners at Mercedes-AMG who have been with us since 1996.

"The Safety and Medical Cars are an essential part of running a safe and successful FIA Formula One World Championship event - from track tests and inspections to race interventions and neutralisations, they are a vital tool for myself as Race Director and my team to utilise in order to keep everyone safe and get back to racing as efficiently as we can following an incident.

"These cars need to be fast in all conditions and carry a huge amount of cutting-edge technology onboard, and looking at the Vantage and DBX, Aston Martin has done an impressive job getting the cars ready for action. I think the fans are going to really love the new additions at selected events this year - Aston Martin is an iconic brand with a huge amount of racing heritage - and likewise also with the new-look Mercedes-AMG GT R, it will certainly keep Formula 1 looking fast even when we have to slow the racing cars down!"

LATEST NEWS

more news >

RELATED ARTICLES

LATEST IMAGES

galleries >

  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images

POST A COMMENT

or Register for a Pitpass ID to have your say

Please note that all posts are reactively moderated and must adhere to the site's posting rules and etiquette.

Post your comment

READERS COMMENTS

 

1. Posted by flyinglap, 08/03/2021 18:10

"@ BrightonCorgi... Yes, the DBS is the most powerful model in the range but that is irrelevant. The Vantage is their "volume" model, of which there is plenty unsold at the dealerships (and heavily discounted), so hopefully the F1 association will be instrumental in shifting that stock. And, with Daimler now being a substantial shareholder in Aston Martin and a supplier of crucial sub-systems, remarkably including the engine of the Vantage, the 'Safety and Medical Car' remains a family affair of sorts.
"

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

2. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 08/03/2021 17:04

"I thought the DBS Superleggera was the most powerful car in Aston Martin's production range?"

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

3. Posted by Editor, 08/03/2021 12:43

"@ Kenji

I used to have friend that was there... he said he'd never forget, amongst other things, the sight of volunteers, including boy scouts, walking through the carnage, putting body parts into sacks... as the race continued."

Rating: Positive (1)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

4. Posted by kenji, 08/03/2021 12:28

"@ Editor...Eagle eyes! How right you are...many younger generations are most likely unaware of the association. Has to be the blackest day in motorsport ever."

Rating: Positive (1)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

5. Posted by RomeoPapaKilo, 08/03/2021 11:55

"The safety car does look good, but somehow Disney Cars comes to mind! 🤣 "

Rating: Positive (1)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

6. Posted by kenji, 08/03/2021 10:27

"That Aston Martin safety car is seriously sick especially the grill treatment. Classy design. Love it."

Rating: Positive (2)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

7. Posted by Editor, 08/03/2021 10:08

"Maybe it's just us, but considering exactly why Mercedes left motor sport in the mid-50s, doesn't a Mercedes safety car sporting the word 'Crowdstrike' seem a little off?"

Rating: Positive (5)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

8. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 08/03/2021 9:00

"As they are doing such low mileage, assume reliability will not be an issue for the Astons!"

Rating: Negative (-2)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

9. Posted by Red5, 08/03/2021 9:00

"Maybe they can upgrade to a Valkyrie in the future :-) "

Rating: Positive (2)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

Share this page

X

Copyright © Pitpass 2002 - 2021. All rights reserved.

about us  |  advertise  |  contact  |  privacy & security  |  rss  |  terms