Aston Martin wants F1 to seize ‘golden opportunity’

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Aston Martin wants to see seize on a “golden opportunity”
to cut down on costs by standardising gearbox parts. The team –
then known as Force India – previously made its own gearboxes in
2008, before becoming a customer in 2009 to McLaren to save costs.
It later switched to Mercedes as part of its engine agreement, but
this long-term arrangement will come to an end as Aston will link
up with Honda in 2026 as part of the revised engine regulations. It
has already started preparations for a transmission department in
anticipation of 2026, but Engineering Director Luca Furbatto
believes a move towards more standardised parts will be beneficial
for competitors. “We're pushing for a standardised gearbox because
it makes financial sense in a cost cap environment but we are
facing stiff opposition,” he said in an interview on the Aston
Martin website. “Realistically it's not going to happen any time
soon. It's possible the FIA may reach something of a middle ground,
with the design becoming a little more prescribed, lighter and
simplified.” Money could be used to improve show The FIA has
previously considered a move towards standardised gearboxes in the
2019 season, but ultimately decided that there was little gain from
a single supplier after taking both technical and financial data.
But Furbatto believes the money could go to other resources, which
in turn might improve the show on track for fans. “I suspect we
will look back in a few years and conclude that we lost a golden
opportunity to reduce costs within the transmission area,” he
explained. “It is something that the fans cannot see, the
technology is the same between all teams and brings very little
performance. “The money saved on transmission could be repurposed
towards aero development, which is currently the only way to
compress the grid and improve the show.”

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