Aston Martin comment on plan to develop their own power unit

Aston Martin have set out their ambitions to continue using power units supplied by Mercedes.

Aston Martin’s late season comeback is by far one of the midfield talking points of the season, given how much the side struggled for two-thirds of the 2022 season.

It is remarkable to think that the Silverstone-based side went from being early season backmarkers to arguably the sixth best team on the grid by the end of the year, only to be outdone by their poor start to the season.

The British side failed to score a single point until the fourth round of the season in Miami, before some occasional points finishes followed.

Throughout the entire season, the team only claimed a double points finish with Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel three times, with two of those occasions having been in the final third of the year.

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Vettel in particular was incredible in the closing rounds of his final season in the sport, which saw the team put Alfa Romeo under immense pressure for sixth in the standings.

In the end, the two teams ended the year level on points, with Alfa Romeo claiming fifth due to Valtteri Bottas having finished fifth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Whilst Aston Martin will be disappointed to have narrowly missed out on sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, the side can take several positives from their overall performance.

Fernando Alonso has already been incredibly impressed by Aston Martin’s 2022 car, which he drove during the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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The double World Champion was very pleased with the performance of the team’s Mercedes power unit, which already had substantial mileage on it prior to the test.

This came as a concern to the 41-year-old, due to how poor Alpine’s power units have been all year.

“When they told me the mileage of the engine, I was a bit worried,” said the Spaniard.

“I said this number is a bit high compared to my standards.

“But the engine is definitely outstanding,” Alonso added.

With this in mind, Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has revealed that the team are “very happy” with their current deal with Mercedes, who supply the side with power units.

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Due to how happy they are, Aston Martin aren’t looking into supplying their own power units, something Red Bull will be doing from 2026.

“We evaluated all the resources needed and our situation for the years to come and decided that we are very, very happy with our current supplier of power units,” Krack said.

“So we decided not to follow up.”