London: Aston Martin shareholders have approved the British luxury carmaker’s return to Formula One (F1) as a constructor in 2021, it was confirmed Wednesday in a deal that will see the ‘Racing Point’ team rebranded.
The announcement regarding Aston Martin’s participation came after a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll injected £260 million ($322 million) of new capital into a fundraising effort of £536 million ($664 million).
“Monday 30th of March, the shareholders of Aston Martin Lagonda approved a £536mn fundraising, underpinned by an injection of £260mn of new capital from ‘Yew Tree Consortium’ – a group of investors led by Lawrence Stroll,” ‘Racing Point’ said in a statement.
“As part of this investment Mr Stroll will become executive chairman of Aston Martin and Aston Martin will create its own works F1 racing team,” ‘Racing Point’ added.
Stroll’s son Lance currently drives for his Racing Point team alongside Mexico’s Sergio Perez who had once driven for Force India.
Stroll, who bought ‘Racing Point’ when they were formerly known as ‘Force India’ in August 2018 when it was on the verge of going bankrupt, has previously made clear his desire to take on the F1 front-runners.
“A brand with the pedigree and history of Aston Martin needs to be competing at the highest level of motorsport. I think it’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in recent memory in Formula One and it’s incredibly exciting for all stakeholders in the sport, especially the fans,” Stroll said.
“Aston Martin has been competing very successfully in various classes of motorsport throughout its history, but we now have an opportunity to create a works team in Formula One,” Stroll added.
Plans to rebrand the Racing Point team were announced in January when Stroll led a rescue deal for the struggling luxury carmaker.
Aston Martin has enjoyed a title partnership agreement with Red Bull Racing over the past four years, an arrangement that will come to an end after the forthcoming season. The British manufacturer last entered an F1 works team in 1960.
Aston Martin is cherished by Hollywood actors, global sports stars and British royalty. Fictional superspy James Bond’s carmaker of choice, Aston Martin had made its debut in 1964 film Goldfinger and more recently featured in 2015’s Spectre. The brand features once more in the latest installment, No Time to Die, due to hit the screens this year.