Well, most of us didn’t see that coming, did we? While Sahara Force India F1 team was reported to be in talks with Renault to become its factory outfit in 2016 but Lotus seems to have walked away with that deal. Autosport reports that the Indian team, headed by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, is nearing a deal that could rebrand the outfit as Aston Martin Racing from 2016 on wards.
With 5th position in the constructor championship this year, Force India has emerged as a hot commodity for anybody who is looking to venture into the pinnacle of four-wheeled motorsports. If the deal attains fruition, it will mark the legendary supercar marque’s return to F1 after 1960.
The cars are said to feature a new Blue and Gold livery to represent the potential title sponsor Johnnie Walker (currently supports McLaren Honda). Aston Martin branding would also be prominent.
It’s is being reported that Mercedes which owns 5% of Aston Martin and supplies engines to Force India has given a green signal for the deal. Speaking to Autosport, Vijay Mallya said:
If tomorrow someone comes and offers me a good sum of money for title sponsorship, I’ll seek the team name. If the marque comes along and I have to change the team name, I have to look at what it does for the team in terms of profile. It’s premature to talk about it now, but we’re talking.
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It remains to be seen, what happens to the brand Force India if this deal is successful. Irrespective of situation, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez would stay put.
Via – Autosport.com