Aston Martin to share F1 safety car duties with Mercedes - reports

·1-min read
FILE PHOTO: Aston Martin DBX, the company's first sport utility vehicle, is displayed at its global launch ceremony in Beijing
FILE PHOTO: Aston Martin DBX, the company's first sport utility vehicle, is displayed at its global launch ceremony in Beijing

LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Martin is set to join Mercedes next season as a provider of Formula One's official safety cars, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Racefans.net reported that Aston Martin would supply safety and medical cars at 12 of the 23 scheduled races in key markets, with the existing Mercedes cars used at the rest.

It said Aston Martin's new DBX SUV, which uses a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine, would be used as a medical car.

There was no official confirmation from Aston Martin or Mercedes. Sources indicated to Reuters that the report was accurate, however.

Mercedes has been the official provider of the cars, which are deployed in the event of an incident or bad weather to keep the field lapping safely, since 1996 but that deal runs out at the end of this year.

A shared supply would make sense for both carmakers, who already have close ties.

Aston Martin's executive chairman Lawrence Stroll also owns the Racing Point team, who will race as Aston Martin from next season with four times world champion Sebastian Vettel arriving from Ferrari.

Mercedes, a part of Daimler, is set to raise its stake in Aston Martin to up to 20% by 2023.

Toto Wolff, principal of the Mercedes factory team, also has a private stake in Aston Martin.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Ken Ferris)