New Aston Martin F1 factory delayed until 2022

The Aston Martin Formula 1 team’s new Silverstone base will now be operational in August 2022, a year later than planned.

New Aston Martin F1 factory delayed until 2022

The team now known as Racing Point was planning to make the move during next year’s summer break, but the COVID-19 crisis has delayed work on the new facility, which is to be built on a site adjacent to the current building.

Rather than attempt the move in the winter, the team has opted to wait a full year for the following August.

“The factory is still happening,” team boss Otmar Szafnauer told Motorsport.com. “We will build it as we need to, for competitiveness reasons, for the fact that we are going to be Aston Martin, for the fact that this place has been up since 1990, and we’ve outgrown it.

“The only thing is that coronavirus has kind of shifted it sideways from a time perspective quite a bit. We weren’t able to do much.

“So we had a decision to make to shift the date when we were going to occupy the new factory, either by the three or four months we’ve been delayed since early March, or just delay it by an entire year.

“August is the right time to move in, because it’s traditionally the summer break. We were going to move in in August of 2021, and we’re just going to shift that by a year and move in August 2022.”

Read Also:

Szafnauer says that the team will make good use of the delay.

“We’ll probably have an extra five or six months because of it, and that will be used up in getting more competitive quotes to build it, and making sure that the plans are to a more detailed level. Usually when you’ve got more detailed plans then your cost estimate is more accurate, and then you can make better decisions.

“Now with the virus upon us too, I don’t know what the future holds – I don’t know whether we’re going to have social distancing forever, or have plexiglass cubes around every employee.

“We’ve got to start looking at all that, just in case there’s never a vaccine. And this gives us time to look at those things and design some of those precautions in, just in case.

“The extra time just helps us do a more detailed job, which should help save costs.”

Since the plans were first outlined, the team has added space for Aston Martin’s road car design group, which will move from its current home at Red Bull Technology.

“The design team will be located here, and there will be a hub and marketing centre up from too,” said Szafnauer. “You may even be able to come here and look at the F1 team as well as configure your new road car. It will be a nice campus for Aston Martin.”

Racing Point factory

Racing Point factory
1/5

Photo by: Racing Point

Racing Point factory

Racing Point factory
2/5

Photo by: Racing Point

Racing Point factory

Racing Point factory
3/5

Photo by: Racing Point

Racing Point factory

Racing Point factory
4/5

Photo by: Racing Point

Racing Point factory

Racing Point factory
5/5

Photo by: Racing Point

shares
comments
Mercedes has ruled out Vettel for 2021, claims Bottas

Previous article

Mercedes has ruled out Vettel for 2021, claims Bottas

Next article

Why F1's floor change could lead to unintended consequences

Why F1's floor change could lead to unintended consequences
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Racing Point
Author Adam Cooper
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Prime

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Prime

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Prime

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Prime

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Prime

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The themes to watch in F1's Imola return Prime

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021