SILVERSTONE, U.K. – The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team has revealed its car for this Formula One World Championship season, the AMR21, in a virtual live event.
One of the most anticipated Formula One car launches in recent years took place in The Vault, an immersive virtual experience that played host to the historic moment when Aston Martin unveiled its first Grand Prix car since the DBR5, which was raced by Roy Salvadori and Maurice Trintignant in the 1960 British Grand Prix.
The AMR21 carries a striking green livery in recognition of the brand’s traditional racing colors, carrying prominent branding from title partner Cognizant, the IT giant helping lead the team’s digital transformation journey towards future success.
The long-standing support of BWT – from the team’s former iterations as Force India and Racing Point – continues with the addition of a magenta stripe down each side of the car.
Ravenol, JCB, Bombardier and Pirelli all continue their team partnerships into the new era as well.
Aston Martin Lagonda’s Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll, opened the event and was joined by Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda; Otmar Szafnauer, CEO and Team Principal of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team; and, via video link, Brian Humphries, CEO of Cognizant.
All four men spoke of the great significance of seeing the Aston Martin name back on the Formula One grid, but perhaps none was prouder than Stroll of the reveal.
“I have dreamed about this day for a very long time. I have always been a car guy, since I was a child. I have always loved racing, too,” said Stroll. “My first dream was to own a Formula One team. My second dream was to acquire a significant shareholding in Aston Martin Lagonda. Today is about the merging of those two dreams. So, as I say, today is all about dreams, and it shows that dreams really can come true, in the shape of our new AMR21.
“Aston Martin returning to Formula One after an absence of 61 years will have a powerful effect on the sport, the media and the fans, commanding global attention,” Stroll continued. “The team who designed and built our new Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ car – the 500 men and women who conceive, manufacture, build and prepare our cars so that we can go racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport – has always punched above its weight. Now, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, it has the power with which to punch even harder.
“This is just the beginning. The team is pushing forward, and our ambitions are limitless. We now have the pieces in place, the people and the partners, to make real progress.”
Aston Martin also debuted its new company logo on the F-1 challenger Wednesday.
“The launch of the new AMR21 is also the celebration of a new beginning for Aston Martin. Today’s transformational event has given us the opportunity to communicate the evolution of the iconic Aston Martin Wings logo for only the 12th time in the company’s 108-year history,” Stroll noted. “The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One car is our group’s highest expression of performance, innovation, engineering quality, attention to detail, and teamwork. For that reason, it is natural that our new logo should make its debut on our new Formula One car.
“As for the year ahead, the core nucleus of what we need to succeed is already present and correct. I have great confidence in Otmar [Szafnauer], Andrew [Green] and all who work for them. I firmly believe we have the perfect blend of experience and youth in Sebastian [Vettel] and Lance [Stroll]. An ethos of fierce ambition and unshakeable dedication is shared by every single team member. It is exhilarating to see – and to feel.”
The new driver pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were also prominent in the presentation, as was Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team technical director Andrew Green.