Aston Martin has made its return to the FIA Formula One World Championship, and for the first time in the history of the sport the automaker’s vehicles have been made the Official Safety and Medical cars. The company has created a bespoke Aston Martin Vantage to take on the role of intervening and controlling the pace of an event involving the fastest racing cars in the world. The main upgrades come in the form of significant chassis and aerodynamic parts.
The vehicle will be driven by the FIA’s appointed driver, Bernd Mayländer (DE), who has been in the safety car seat for over twenty years. Should the need arise in the event of bad weather or an accident, the vehicle will be deployed by Race Control. Since the elements could cause problems, the Vantage has been fitted with Pirelli road tires and the same carbon-ceramic brakes found on the production model, but with additional brake ducts hidden within the front grille to aid cooling.
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Together with the whole company, I am extremely proud of the Aston Martin brands return to Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motorsport for the first time in more than 60 years and represents the start of a significant new era for Aston Martin. To see our acclaimed Vantage, our most dynamic sports car, performing the role of the Official Safety Car of Formula 1 and our first SUV, DBX, operate as the Medical Car on Formula 1® circuits around the world is a proud moment for us all,” said Tobias Moers, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda.