Knoors: More is happening at Aston Martin than we are seeing

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll looks on in the Paddock before the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Former Ferrari engineer Ernest Knoors believes that the Aston Martin Formula 1 team is a “very interesting project”.

Aston Martin enters the sport as a works team for the first time since 1960 in 2021, with a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium heading the process.

With the team’s first livery set to be announced next month, it will be fascinating to see how the team builds on a positive 2020 campaign during which Sergio Perez claimed their only win under the Racing Point moniker and the first victory for team Silverstone since the Jordan years.

A 15-point penalty for copying the 2019 Mercedes design cost the team third place in the constructors’ championship last year, but nonetheless, they enjoyed a strong finish to the campaign.

“I think Aston Martin is a very interesting project to keep an eye on for the future. I think there is also a bit of shifting of important people behind the scenes in Formula 1,” Knoors told RTLGP. “It’s a bit of a guess if you’re not really in it, but I do suspect that more is happening at Aston Martin than we are seeing now, that there is a bigger plan behind it.

“Aston Martin already has cars in other championships and there is quite a bit of involvement from AMG engineers there. Those are things that do point in a certain direction, let me put it this way.”