While we are talking a lot this morning about the coming to Formula 1 next season of the Aston Martin brand, which will replace Racing Point, which itself had already succeeded the defunct Force India, after the bankruptcy of its creator, the Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, the Team being bought by the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll- of Lebanese origin– which made a fortune in textiles, remember that Aston Martin has already raced in Grand Prix!
Indeed, Aston Martin has already been present in Formula 1 and the single-seater was seen in France, not so long ago at the 1st Historic F1 French Grand Prix, the 1er and July 2, 2017, on the Nivernais circuit of Magny Cours, where this fabulous Aston Martin from GP F1, Type DBR4 from 1959, with 3 Liter, 6 cylinder engine, UNIQUE copy, was driven!
A LITTLE HISTORY…
The Aston Martin DBR4 is a Formula 1 single-seater, lined up in Formula 1 by David Brown and having raced four Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1959 and the following year, the 1960 Dutch Grand Prix, with at the wheel the Briton Roy Salvadori and the American Carroll Shelby.
The Aston Martin DBR4 made an encouraging debut at the International Trophy on May 2, 1959.
On the Silverstone circuit, Roy Salvadori, who had qualified on the front row alongside the BRM of Stirling Moss, finished second in the race behind Australian Jack Brabham's Cooper-Climax.
But the results are much more disappointing in the World Championship …
At the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix, Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori qualified tenth and thirteenth respectively, however neither driver finished the race due to engine problems.
The Aston Martin then entered the British Grand Prix, still entrusted to Roy Salvadori who posted a fine performance by qualifying second, behind Jack Brabham, placing sixth in the GP.
Caroll Shelby qualifying in sixth position, but he retired in the race, following a technical problem.
At the Portuguese GP, on the Monsanto Park track in the heights of Lisbon, Salvadori qualifies thirteenth and Shelby twelfth and they finish eighth and sixth.
In Italy at Monza, Salvadori qualified seventeenth and retired during the GP, betrayed by his engine. Shelby, he qualifies nineteenth and finishes tenth.
In 1960, only Roy Salvadori entered the Dutch GP, but he did not take the start on June 6, 1960, due to a financial disagreement with the organizers.
The Aston Martin GP adventure will end there …