Sahara Force India Formula One Team Chief Operating Officer Otmar Sznafnauer has confirmed that the Silverstone based outfit will not enter into a partnership with Aston Martin before the start of the 2016 Formula One season but is confident that a deal can be done.
Speaking at the Autosport International Show on Thursday, Sznafnauer commented by saying:
It was flattering to have the serious discussions with Aston Martin and it [would be] a big decision for them to enter the sport and to partner with Force India, The talks are still ongoing, I can’t foresee it for 2016 but you don’t know what the future holds, so the door isn’t shut on that but for 2016 we’ll remain Force India.
Following a tricky start to 2015 the team bounced back to end the year in fifth place just behind Red Bull Racing and ahead of the Lotus F1 Team.
Sznafnauer is confident that the team have structured their budget in such a way over the winter that there will no need and they have no intention to introduce a B-Spec car and he is optimistic that the team can come out fighting right from the first race and challenge for points in Australia.