Force India’s Aston Martin deal on hold

Force India will not have Aston Martin on board this season but Otmar Szafnauer says a deal could yet be done in the future.

Last year Force India revealed that Aston Martin, who had a brief stint in F1 in 1959 and again a year later, were courting the team.

The deal, though, has now been put on hold.

According to chief operating officer Szafnauer, while Aston Martin may opt to return to Formula 1 in the years to come, it won’t be in 2016.

He told Autosport: “It probably won’t happen for 2016, but we’re still talking.

“It’s flattering for a company like Aston to be talking to Force India, to want to partner with us and come into Formula 1, but the story isn’t final there yet.”

Explaining why the deal was on hold, he added: “They have a lot of initiatives and they’re changing their line-up of cars.

“They’re a great company with very exciting times ahead of them, and you never know when they’ll choose Formula 1 as a marketing tool.

“So for 2016 I don’t think that will happen, but for the future, there are still possibilities.

“The use of Formula 1 for them was going to be many folds, and perhaps the timing of a future year is better for those objectives.”

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