Sportscar manufacturer Aston Martin has been linked with a Formula 1 return as part of a tie-up with Red Bull Racing, according to a report in UK industry publication Autocar.
With Red Bull considering its future engine options, the Autocar story suggests Aston Martin chiefs are in talks with the four-time F1 world champion team about a deal that could facilitate a customer supply deal of Mercedes engines.
The report suggests that Red Bull would carry logos in a similar fashion to Renault’s sister marque Nissan’s Infiniti brand – which is currently on the sidepods and rear wing of the Renault-powered Red Bull cars.
Despite what is believed to be a long-standing resistance by Mercedes to supply engines to Red Bull, the report claims that a partnership would result in a deal of the German power units.
Red Bull's current contract with Renault runs until the end of 2016, although the future of both the team and engine supplier have been subject of speculation.
Renault is evaluating options and, as well as pulling out, has been linked with a takeover of the Lotus team.
Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz is also considering what to do and has not ruled out quitting F1 totally.
Mercedes has a 5% stake in both Aston Martin and Renault.