Mercedes has provided the safety car and the medical car to Formula 1 without interruption since 1996, but in 2021 Aston Martin will share that role with the German brand, which has shares in the same.
The Mercedes AMG GT-R is the model on which the current safety car of the premier category of motorsport is based: Formula 1. The German brand has been the supplier of such an important vehicle since 1996, when a Mercedes AMG C36 was used.
Together with the medical car, a Mercedes AMG C63 State driven by Alan van der Merwe, the sports car driven by Bernd Maylander is in charge of ensuring the safety of the drivers on the grid and has become a classic and a category icon.
Mercedes will increase its control over Aston Martin in exchange for technology
But from 2021 this task will become shared with Aston Martin, a brand of which Daimler AG owns 20% of the shares and which next year will have an official team in Formula 1. With this maneuver, Lawrence Stroll -owner of Aston Martin and Racing Point- aims to enhance the image of the street vehicles of the British firm.
Although the news is not yet official, as well as the models that will be used in approximately half of the 23 Grand Prix of 2021 – the other half will be covered by Mercedes-Benz – it is very likely that the medical car facet will be covered by the first Signature SUV, the Aston Martin DBX with 4.0 V8 biturbo engine of AMG origin and 550 hp, the same as the Mercedes AMG GT-R.
For Safety Car duties, Aston Martin will likely opt for one of three models: the DB11, the DBS Superleggera and the Vantage, which have mechanics that offer 510, 725 and 510 CV respectively.