Those Red Bull–Aston Martin rumours won’t go away, no matter how much Niki Lauda wants them to. However, any connection with Red Bull and Aston Martin has taken a twist with word an Adrian Newey-designed road car is expected to be launched in the next few years; 2018 seems to be the year bandied about.
The partnership is with Red Bull Technologies, which is separate to the F1 team, so any dreams Christian Horner may have of securing the dominant Mercedes engine for the 2016 RB12 would seem premature.
In an interview with Autocar during the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, Horner confirmed a Red Bull road car is possible.
“It’s something that Adrian is keen to do as a legacy project,” he said. “At the moment our focus is on being a Formula 1 constructor, but as we see more technology cross over with the road car market, it’s something that will organically grow.”
As for any Aston Martin involvement in Formula 1, well, you probably can’t rule out a pairing with Red Bull because crazy shit happens in F1 all the time. But more likely is that Aston Martin will leverage off its existing connection with Mercedes and join forces with one of Mercedes’ existing customer teams: Williams, Force India or Lotus.