Aston Martin to share F1 safety car duties with Mercedes

Aston Martin to share F1 safety car duties with Mercedes

According to a report from Motorsport.com, next season's arrangement with see the two manufacturers share F1's safety vehicle duties while Mercedes will continue to provide F1's medical auto.

Such a change of deal, that could see the safety auto use split evenly between the two manufacturers across the season, would help share the financial burden between the two companies as F1 expands to a 23-race schedule.

The news cements the growing links between the Stroll-led Aston Martin brand and Mercedes, with Toto Wolff also a minor Aston Martin shareholder. Sources indicated to Reuters that the report was accurate, however.

A shared supply would make sense for both carmakers, who already have close ties.

The carmaker's fortunes seem to be changing for the better since Lawrence Stroll, the billionaire owner of RacingPoint F1 team became the company's executive chairman.

Last month, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin Lagonda announced a strategic technology agreement by which the legendary British luxury auto maker will be granted access to a range of Mercedes technologies, including next generation hybrid and electric powertrains.

It was recently announced that Mercedes will increase its stake in Aston Martin to 20%, while also giving access to a range of its technologies - including powertrain and electric/electronic architecture.

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