Aston Martin has a plan to win the Formula 1 world championship within the next three to five years, according to team principal Otmar Szafnauer.
The team completed its winter rebranding this week by unveiling a new-look, predominantly racing green livery on the AMR21, although some hints of pink remain to link it back to its former incarnation as Racing Point.
For Szafnauer, the roll-out of the new look and name is just one more milestone on the team’s roadmap to the title.
“We need a good plan in order for us to start today and get to world championship contenders,” he said at Wednesday’s launch event. “Then we’ve got to execute, and we’re in the midst of that planning now.”
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The team finished in fourth place in last year’s constructors championship despite being handed a 15 point penalty when it was deemed that last year’s car was too closely modelled on the 2018 Mercedes.
Szafnauer aims to be ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Red Bull this year, while acknowledging that it will take a lot of hard work to close the gap to the top two and really challenge for the title in subsequent seasons.
“The execution will definitely take some time,” he admitted. “It’s a lot easier to say we’re going to be fighting and winning a world championship than actually doing it.
“People in F1 and other teams have said you know you’ve got to give us three to five years to do so, and we’re no different.”
The next step in the plan will be brand new facilities at their Silverstone base. Originally planned to be ready this season, ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has delayed it until 2022.
“For the last year we’ve planned a new factory with new infrastructure,” said Szafnauer. “A place to house all of us under one roof to grow the team.
“The implementation of that has just now begun at Silverstone,” he confirmed. “Towards the end of 2022 we should be moving into a new factory.
“Within that factory we’re going to need state of the art tools that will help us design and develop a car that’s worthy of contending for a world championship.
“So that’s a few years away,” he said. “If I have to look into the future, you know it’ll be in the three to five year time period.”