There is one race that stands particularly proud in the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team’s calendar — Silverstone, the home race of the “green team” and just a stone’s throw from Aston Martin’s new state-of-the-art headquarters. 2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of the first Aston Martin Grand Prix car to turn a wheel in anger.
While Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll’s AMR22 cars are a sizeable departure from their ancestors in almost every aspect, the marque’s power and performance have been constants since the day the Bamford & Martin TT1 — or Green Pea as it later became known — and TT2 machines took to the track in 1922 at the French Grand Prix at Strasbourg.
Driven by Count Louis Zborowski and Clive Gallop, and armed with upgraded 1,500cc twin cam engines mounted beneath slender bodies that conformed to the voiturette style, the TT1 and TT2 were the realisation of a dream for Aston Martin founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Retired from racing the following year, these historic cars traded hands as the marque continued to pursue other forms of motorsport. Green Pea survives in all its glory, and its story is told in Issue 49 of Aston Martin Magazine.
In 1959, Aston Martin briefly competed in Formula 1 until the following year. It wouldn’t be until 2021 that the marque returned to the sport, one year ahead of celebrating a century since the dainty but the plucky TT1 and TT2 cars made their debut on the international racing scene. Silverstone was a landmark moment for the British marque as it once again rose to the challenge of the ultimate form of automotive competition. Of the current teams, only Mercedes has roots that date back further in Formula 1 history than Aston Martin.
With a legacy to uphold, drivers Stroll and Vettel both proudly flew the flag for the marque as they clocked up speeds well over 200mph (322km/h) around the legendary Silverstone circuit. While aspects of the race have altered beyond almost all recognition over the decades, Aston Martin’s fighting spirit in Formula 1 remains undimmed.
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