Aston Martini Racing, Err!


There’s surprise in the Formula 1 Paddock following the rumours of Aston Martin’s discussion of a naming rights partnership with the Force India India F1 Team. The bigger surprise for everyone is that Aston Martin has reportedly chosen Force India over Red Bull Racing and the Williams F1 Team, both iconic teams in the commercial payout context. (Read: Your Chance To Own An F1 Team)

The Force India F1 Team and Sergio Perez were the unexpected stars of the 2015 Mexico Grand Prix. And I don’t say this for Bradley Joyce instructing Nico Hulkenberg to ‘shut up’ during the weekend.

Personally, I feel that Force India deserve such an interest and a partnership. They’ve performed consistently and have punched well above their weight since their inception in 2008. (Read: Force India’s Indian F1 Driver?)
I believe that the fall-out of the Red Bull Racing-Mercedes discussions for engine supply was the reason Aston Martin couldn’t tie-up with them either, but why overlook the Williams F1 Team? (Read: What About The Red Bull Young Driver Program?)
The former World Champion team is powered by Mercedes too and threatens to appear on the podium most of the times Sebastian Vettel (I mean Ferrari!) doesn’t. I wonder if naming the team was the reason they overlooked the team from Grove.
Would they be re-named as ‘Aston Martini Racing?’, I wonder what law of branding would be applicable here!
And if you’re the one pointing out to me that Martini is already the naming rights sponsor, then you’re the one taking away all the fun!
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Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

  1. kushanth says:

    Heard a part of you podcast and I find Kunal trying to be the Russell Peters of F1.. It was intimidating to hear you both talk about F1 as its some Indian soap serial.

    1. Kunal Shah says:

      Hey! Thank you for the compliment!! 🙂 I strive hard to keep up the humour and glad to receive appreciation!! 😀 Hope you listen to more than just parts of our podcast AND that you tune in each week. Would love to know more about your experience on my blog, when possible! Keep Racing!

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