After Motorsport.com revealed that Red Bull and Aston Martin were close to extending their current partnership to a full title sponsor, it has today been confirmed the team will race as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2018.
The two companies first joined in 2016 as innovation partners and have worked together on the new Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar designed by aero genius Adrian Newey.
The new deal will also see a new Advanced Performance Centre built at Red Bull’s base in Milton Keynes. It will be used for Red Bull and Aston Martin to collaborate on their next automotive project and create over 100 jobs in the process.
Red Bull’s Christian Horner said about the deal:
“Our innovation partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one.
“Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the Partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018.
“In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”
The last time Red Bull had a title sponsor like this was with infinity from 2011 to 2015. That was put together by current Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
“Title partnership is the next logical step for our ‘innovation partnership’ with Red Bull Racing,” said Palmer. “We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula 1 provides.
“The power unit discussions are of interest to us but only if the circumstances are right.
“We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”