Szafnauer: New factory timing changed because of COVID-19

Otmar Szafnauer has revealed that the new Aston Martin Formula 1 factory is on target to be opened in August 2022.

Plans started following Lawrence Stroll’s takeover of the Silverstone-based outfit in 2018, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to work being delayed a year.

“[The plans are] online, but the line and the timing has changed because of COVID,” Szafnauer said, as reported by Formula 1. “We are making progress.

“We are in the design phase now and all the departments are getting their input in to make sure it’s the most efficient it can be and it’s online and on target to be opened and launched in August of 2022.”

“It’s still the original plan,” he added.

“We have to make sure we right-size it. I’m sure with the budget cap now we are all learning what trade-offs we make to be able to stay under the budget. The plan for the factory is that if for some reason in the future the budget cap changes, the factory is scalable, but it hasn’t changed much due to the budget cap.”

The team enters its first season as Aston Martin in 2021 after a successful campaign last year, with Sergio Perez securing their first win since the Jordan days.