The German brand has been providing safety cars since 1996 and will share the duty for the first time since then
By F1total.ca staff
Aston Martin’s return to the F1 grid after 60 years is not limited to the AMR21.
The British manufacturer announced their new 2021 safety and medical cars on Monday, as they’ll share service cars duties with Mercedes.
The SUV Aston Martin DBX will serve as an official medical car and will be driven by Alan van der Merwe. He’ll be joined by Dr. Ian Roberts, the Formula One’s Medical Response Coordinator, and a local doctor from each race. The other seat will be reserved in case a driver needs to be driven back to the pit lane after an accident.
Both safety and medical cars will mimic the team’s recently announced livery. The Aston Martin F1 team is Canadian-owned, with Lawrence Stroll, Lance’s father, having acquired shares in the British brand last year, triggering the F1 team he owned, Racing Point, to rebrand.
Mercedes has been providing the service cars since 1996 and will share the duty for the first time since then. For 2021, the German brand has swapped the traditional silver painting for a new red one, a reference to their ‘Rote Sau (red sow) racing car’.
“Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG are iconic automotive brands, and we are proud of their place in our incredible sport,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1. “The safety and medical cars are a hugely important part of Formula 1 and are always there to keep our drivers safe.”
Both brands have been expanding their collaboration in and out the tracks, with an increase of Mercedes’ shares in Aston Martin and technical partnerships between the F1 teams being celebrated recently.
Check out the pictures from the new F1 service cars from both Aston Martin and Mercedes