Aston Martin dismisses notion that Mercedes link is an obstacle

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Aston Martin’s technical director Dan Fallows says he doesn’t “think that having the Mercedes HPP engine in our car has been in any way negative for us”.

Since joining Formula 1, Aston Martin has been powered by Mercedes engines, in a partnership that extends to road cars too.

Some observers have been questioning if a “customer” team will ever be able to compete with works teams at the front of the grid.

Since Aston Martin has stated that the team’s ambition is to fight for the championship, the team’s technical director Dan Fallows was asked if he thinks having a Mercedes engine is a barrier to accomplishing their ultimate goal.

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“I don’t feel it is,” Fallows said.

“I certainly don’t think that having the Mercedes HPP [High Performance Powertrains] engine in our car has been in any way negative for us.

“It’s proved its reliability. Its performance is where it needs to be.

“So, no, I don’t really think in modern Formula 1 that’s a particular problem at all,” he concluded.

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