Mercedes rumoured to share Safety Car duties with Aston Martin

© Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG reports that Mercedes will most likely not be the only manufacturer to provide Formula 1 Safety Cars from 2021 onward.

Merecedes has provided safety cars for Formula 1 since 1996. Today the official Safety Car is the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

Now, reports that, while the deal has not been reached yet, it is very likely that Mercedes will not be the only provider of official Formula 1 safety cars from 2021 onward.

Negotiations are going on for Aston Martin to share the responsibility with Mercedes. Under the new arrangement, the two manufacturers would share safety car duties (and the costs that come with them) across the season.

The news is interesting if we take into account that Mercedes recently announced it will increase its stake in Aston Martin to 20% and also increase the exchange of technology between the two brands.

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With Racing Point becoming the works Aston Martin team in 2021, and with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also having a minority stake in the manufacturer (as a private investment), it looks like the bonds between these two brands are only getting stronger.

When asked about this story, an Aston Martin spokesperson said:

“It’s Aston Martin’s policy not to comment on speculation.

“As a manufacturer we are extremely excited and focused on our imminent return to Formula 1 as a full works team, for the first time in more than 60 years, in 2021.”

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