The new safety car and new Formula 1 medical vehicle will make their track debut during pre-season testing in Bahrain from March 12-14. The Aston Martin name returns to Formula 1 after 60 years, not only as a competitor but in the new season the Aston Martin Safety Car and Medical Car will be used in the World Championship races.
Not in all races as the safety car tasks will be shared between Aston Martin and Mercedes. “We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Aston Martin and Mercedes, which will provide us with an official safety and medical car for the FIA Formula One World Championship."
"Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG are icons of motoring, and we are proud they have this place in our extraordinary sport ", said Stefano Domenicali.
The new Formula 1 CEO has once again emphasized the importance of these vehicles during each race weekend: “A safety car and a medical vehicle are an extremely important part of Formula 1 and are always there to keep our drivers safe.
Last season we witnessed the heroic speed and dedication the staff needed to rescue Romain Grosjean after his dramatic accident." "Aston Martin and Mercedes cars are perfectly equipped for instant response in ensuring driver safety.
” Aston Martin Vantage Safety Car engineers have further improved it, creating chassis and aerodynamic upgrades to make the car run even faster laps. He is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, his power has been increased to 528 horsepower, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds.
The interior is also equipped with state-of-the-art systems, so the crew will be able to see the television transmission and numerous other parameters, such as lap times and track position of all cars, at any time via the screen.
The driver of the safety car will continue to be the experienced Bernd Maylander: “Formula 1 fans around the world are thrilled with the return of the Aston Martin to the track, and so am I. This is a beautiful and capable car that represents a new and exciting era for Aston Martin."
The medical vehicle is an Aston Martin DBX, in which Alan van der Merwe will sit as a driver and doctor Ian Roberts. This will be of great importance for future races given the quality of such cars, which can help at any time