The new Aston Martin F1 factory will be ready in the second half of 2022 after a coronavirus pandemic slowed down work, team boss Otmar Szafnauer confirmed.
One of the first moves by new team owner Lawrence Stroll, who saved Force India from bankruptcy in the summer of 2018 and renamed it to Racing Point, was to build a new factory while the team will be called Aston Martin from 2021.
The team has so far used a factory built before the 1991 F1 season for the Jordan team and the team has since changed its name to Midland (2006), Spyker (2007), Force India (2008), Racing Point (2018) and Aston Martin (2021).
“Plans are underway, but the deadline has changed because of COVID,” said Szafnauer.
“We are making progress. We are now in the design phase and all departments are giving their information to make us as efficient as possible.”
“Our goal is to open a new factory in August 2022.”
The team started plans for the new factory back in 2018, but they say the plans haven’t changed significantly due to budget constraints which are active from 2021.
“The plan is still the same, we have to make sure we dimension it well.”
“I’m sure with the budget cap we’ll have to figure out what the trade-offs are in order to stay below the budget limit.”
“The plan for the factory is such that if for some reason there are changes to the budget cap that we can scale the factory, but the plan hasn’t changed much because of the budget cap.”
Aston Martin F1 drivers in 2021 will be four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who left Ferrari after six seasons, and Lance Stroll in his fifth season in Formula 1 and the third in the current team.