Long awaited involvement for Aston Martin in F1 stalls.
Force India will not re-brand itself after Aston Martin heading into the 2016 season, the team has confirmed.
Aston Martin has been heavily linked with the Silverstone-based outfit since late last year, with most suggesting it would result in the squad being renamed after the British car manufacturer.
That was fueled by team owner Vijay Mallya, who stated that if the right opportunity presented itself he would be willing to relinquish naming rights to the team.
However a move has been quashed by the team’s chief operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer.
“It’s a big step, and it’s flattering that Aston Martin have been talking to us,” Szafnauer said.
“We’re still talking, in the short term, meaning 2016, I don’t see that type of re-branding happening. But you never know what the future holds thereafter.”
Despite having a long history in motorsport, Aston Martin has never seriously ventured into Formula One.
In the early 1960s there was an abandoned project but otherwise the British outfit has concentrated its efforts on sports and GT racing.
Investment from Aston Martin was approved by Mercedes, which part owns the manufacturer and supplies Force India’s engines.
Force India enjoyed its best ever season in Formula One in 2015, recording a podium finish in Russia with Sergio Perez en route to fifth place in the constructors championship.
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