“I am very excited and supportive” – Aston Martin owner Lance Stroll is delighted with the prospect of Audi and/or Porsche entering Formula 1 in the coming seasons.
The Volkswagen Group looks set to enter F1 in the next 4-5 seasons with either or both Porsche and Audi. They are likely to join as engine suppliers, but a possibility to join as a works team too also exists.
This has excited Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll, who entered the sport with the Racing Point team. Currently supported by Mercedes, the entry of Audi/Porsche will give a credible option to the British team.
“I would certainly welcome and embrace the entry of the VW Group.
“I just think it would show the strength of the sport. The stronger groups that are in the sport is better for everyone involved, whether it be fans, whether it be team owners, whether it be FOM or FIA.
“So I know they’re quite engulfed in conversations about returning with one or two of their brands, and I am very excited and supportive, and I look forward to them coming into the sport. I think it would be great.”
If Mercedes doesn’t sign Bottas and if Russell is signed. Long list of drivers means F1 needs 1-2 more cars or power unit companies and 2-3 more teams. FIA should recruit companies like Peugeot, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, etc. who have experience and resources. Just saying. https://t.co/T4AxPm1T7l
— Scott Knowles (@wsrphoto) July 22, 2021
Aston Martin happy with F1’s USA push
Stroll also expressed happiness with the sport’s renewed focus towards the United States, a crucial market for Aston Martin. F1 races at Texas and is set to add Miami next season, alongside rumors of Las Vegas joining the calendar.
“For our road car company, it’s our second-largest market, the US, so we have a tremendous following there for many, many years.
“F1, their push and where they see the largest growth opportunity for them is the United States. That’s why next year we’re adding Miami, that’s why we’re in conversations to do Las Vegas.
“Now the United States is the largest consumer market in the world, particularly for a premium product, and we have the smallest little presence.
“So the opportunity of growth, for the sport, for the teams, to attract sponsors, to attract fans, the biggest, biggest opportunity by far is the United States, because it’s such a void for so many years.”