Aston Martin is due to enter Formula One in the 2021 season after a commercial rebranding of the Racing Point F1 Team. The team is operated by AMR GP LTD and competes with Mercedes power units under the title of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team. The team would feature 4-Time World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll behind the wheel. The team dates back its heritage to Force India, a team famous for punching above its weight when it comes to providing performance at a limited budget.
Force India F1 Team (2008–2018)
The team was created by Indian Billionaire Vijay Mallya. It had humble beginnings as it made its debut in 2008. The team would score its first points in 2009 when Giancarlo Fisichella would take pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix and finish second in the race. The team would further score points at the Italian Grand Prix as well, finishing the season in 9th with 13 points.
The team would make a massive improvement in 2010 as it would score as many as 68 points and finish the season in 7th position. By 2011 the team would become a permanent fixture in the midfield and finish 6th in the standings. In 2012, the duo of Paul DI Resta and Nico Hulkenberg would provide the team with consistent results throughout the season with Hulkenberg almost winning the race in Brazil, the team would finish the season in 7th, unable to thwart the progress Sauber had made throughout the season. The 2013 season would follow a similar path but the team would see a change in fortunes in 2014 with the signing of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg to the team. The duo would provide the team with consistent results throughout the season. Perez would pick up a podium at Bahrain as well for good measure. The team would finish the season 6th in the standings and start an upward trajectory for the coming seasons.
In 2015, the team would finish 5th in the championship, while 2016 would see the team jump up the ladder to 4th in the championship. In 2017, Force India would repeat the feat with Perez and Ocon behind the wheel. All this while the team struggled with funds to run the team and were able to produce outstanding racing machines at a minimal budget.
In 2018 however, the ride would come to an end as the team would go into administration mid-season as Lawrence Stroll would form a consortium to take over the team. The 2019 season would see Racing Point consolidate its position on the grid. The car would suffer from a loss of competitiveness and the team would finish the season in 7th.
In 2020, Racing Point would turn up with a car that closely resembled the 2019 Mercedes and thus saw a considerable jump in competitiveness. The team would finish the season 4th in the championship with Perez winning the Sakhir GP 2020. The team would be rebranded as Aston Martin for the 2021 season with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll driving the car.
Some of the prominent drivers to have driven for the team include Giancarlo Fisichella, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, and many more.