Formula One announced on Sunday night that Aston Martin, who are returning to the sport for the first time in 61 years in 2021, and Mercedes Benz have entered into a new multi-year partnership that will see the British and German car manufacturers supply both the FIA Formula One Safety and Medical cars starting with Aston Martin at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix which takes place from March 26-28.
It is the first time in Formula One history that the Safety and Medical cars have been split between two car brands as Mercedes have been the sole supplier since 1996.
Aston Martin will run the Vantage as the Safety Car and the DBX SUV as the Medical car while Mercedes will supply a new red Mercedes AMG GT-R as Safety Car and the Mercedes AMG C63 S Estate while Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team sponsor CrowdStrike will become the official partner to the Mercedes AMG Safety Medical Car.
Germany’s Bernd Maylander and Alan van der Merwe will continue as safety and medical car drivers. Speaking about the news, Formula One President and CEO Stefano Domenicali commented saying:
“We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with both Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG to
provide the Official Safety and Medical Cars to the FIA Formula One World Championship. Aston Martin and
Mercedes-AMG are iconic automotive brands, and we are proud of their place in our incredible sport. The
safety and medical cars are a hugely important part Formula 1 and are always there to keep our drivers
safe. Last season we witnessed the heroic speed and dedication required by the crews in rescuing Romain
Grosjean from his dramatic accident, and the both the Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG cars are perfectly
equipped to respond at a moment’s notice to ensure the safety of the drivers
FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate, Michael Masi commented on the news saying:
We are delighted to welcome Aston Martin as a supplier of FIA Formula 1 Safety and Medical Cars, sharing
the role together with our longstanding partners at Mercedes-AMG who have been with us since 1996.
The Safety and Medical Cars are an essential part of running a safe and successful FIA Formula One World
Championship event – from track tests and inspections to race interventions and neutralisations, they are a
vital tool for myself as Race Director and my team to utilise in order to keep everyone safe and get back to
racing as efficiently as we can following an incident. These cars need to be fast in all conditions and carry a
huge amount of cutting-edge technology onboard, and looking at the Vantage and DBX, Aston Martin has
done an impressive job getting the cars ready for action. I think the fans are going to really love the new
additions at selected events this year – Aston Martin is an iconic brand with a huge amount of racing
heritage – and likewise also with the new-look Mercedes-AMG GT R, it will certainly keep Formula 1
looking fast even when we have to slow the racing cars down!”