Aston Martin is proud to present the Official Safety Car of Formula 1® for the 2021 season. Developed alongside Aston Martin’s newest core production offering, the Vantage F1® Edition, the Official Safety Car of Formula 1® will play a key role on its race days. The Vantage has been transformed into a dedicated piece of racing equipment with a host of crucial enhancements and additions. These include the striking roof-mounted LED light-bar with its array of warning lights, cameras and sensors. Inside, two additional screens relay camera and race information, with a full communications package to engage with Race Control, the marshals and drivers, as well as the ability to stream live TV footage from the multiple cameras.
The Vantage is driven by Bernd Mayländer. "The Official Safety Car of Formula 1® is a beautiful, capable car that signifies an exciting new era for Aston Martin," says the experienced driver. Mayländer and his co-driver, Richard Darker are on standby in the pit lane, ready to swiftly take to the track to lead the field and control the pace of the pack in the event of an incident. Apart from the race-specific equipment, the bold new Aston Martin Vantage F1® Edition has been created to imitate the Official Safety Car of Formula 1® and is visually and mechanically identical.
The Vantage is joined by the Aston Martin DBX Official Medical Car of Formula 1®. Both cars are finished in 2021 Aston Martin Racing Green paint with Lime Green accents and make a striking and distinguished pair in the pit lane. Specialist kit includes medical equipment, fire extinguishers, a defibrillator, and a burn kit, all easily accommodated by the spacious interior. Driven by Alan van der Merwe, the DBX has been adapted to a strict four-seater, with space for two doctors and a spare seat.
“It is a proud moment for the whole company to see our acclaimed Vantage, our most dynamic sports car, performing the role of the Official Safety Car of Formula 1® and our first SUV, DBX, operate as the Medical Car on Formula 1® circuits around the world,” says Tobias Moers, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda.
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