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Roaring 20s

Grand Prix debut

At the start of the 1920s, the dream of Grand Prix racing in Europe came true when co-founder Lionel Martin was introduced to Count Louis Zborowski. The wealthy Zborowski would commission two race cars and the plan was to compete in the 1922 Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) event. With Zborowski's close friend and fellow racer Clive Gallop involved, not to mention his useful Peugeot links, Aston Martin was raring to go. But rather than the Tourist Trophy, chassis TT1 and TT2 were readied for the 2-litre French Grand Prix in July at Strasbourg. Zborowski drove TT1, while Clive Gallop piloted TT2. A lack of power and hurried preparation meant both cars retired with engine issues, but the Grand Prix story had begun and podiums arrived in the following years. The death of Zborowski in 1924 would sadly end Aston Martin’s first foray into top-tier motorsport.

Gallop & Zborowski
Drivers
Privateer Success

Horsfall's Heroics

St John Ratcliffe Stewart Horsfall would build on the Aston Martin legacy in the 1940s. A successful stockbroker, following an incredible stint working for MI5 during the war, he became part of the Aston Martin family and helped with development and testing, as well as racing as a privateer. Jock raced a 1936 Aston Martin 2.0-litre sports car on the 1946 Belgian Sports Car Grand Prix road course in Brussels, taking a surprise win ahead of more contemporary Frazer Nash, BMW and Alvis cars. In 1949, he took second in class and fourth overall in the Spa 24 Hours as a privateer, driving every minute at the wheel of an Aston Martin Speed Model. Sadly, Horsfall was killed weeks later in the BRDC Trophy race at Silverstone. His legacy lives on through the annual St. John Horsfall Memorial Trophy race, organised by the Aston Martin Owners’ Club.

Horsfall
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The World Championship effort

Formula One Arrival

The 1950s were an exciting time for Aston Martin. In 1955, company owner Sir David Brown launched a plan to create cars that would take on the best in both the World Sportscar Championship and the Formula One World Championship. The DBR4 was born. It began testing in 1957 before making its debut at the 1959 BRDC International Trophy event, run to Formula One rules, at Silverstone in May. Two cars competed and car #1, driven by Le Mans 24 Hours winner Roy Salvadori, came in second behind Jack Brabham. Despite being driven by some of the star names of the era, Salvadori and Carroll Shelby among them, the front-engined DBR4 was out of step with the new mid-engined competition. A successor, the DBR5, had a disappointing start, leading Aston Martin to exit Formula One in 1960.

Shelby & Salvadori
Drivers
The comeback

First F1 podium

The latest chapter in the illustrious story of Aston Martin began in 2021 with Aston Martin Formula One Team. After 61 years away from Formula One, the milestone campaign featured the high of Sebastian Vettel's podium in the topsy-turvy Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Lance Stroll's masterful drive to sixth in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Vettel & Stroll
Drivers
We climb together

Mixing with the midfield

In 2022, the team found itself mixing it regularly with Formula One's established teams in the pack. Excellent drives from Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll yielded solid results. Away from the track, the team waved farewell to the four-time champion, continued to build a state-of-the-art new campus, and launched its Make A Mark ESG programme encompassing the team's efforts to have a positive impact on the environment, champion diversity, equality and inclusion, and reach out to communities and wider society through philanthropic initiatives.

Vettel & Stroll
Drivers
New energy

It's coming together

A state-of-the-art new home, a developing team of driving and technical talent, purpose-driven partnerships, and fiercely passionate fans came together to help us reach new heights. Double World Champion Fernando Alonso joined the team to race alongside Lance Stroll. The AMR23 proved competitive from the outset; the team scored 280 points – its highest-ever tally – and eight podiums, including a debut podium for Fernando at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Lance showed steely determination, recovering from an early-season injury to deliver strong results and some memorable charges through the field. Driver Ambassador Jessica Hawkins became the first woman in almost five years to drive a modern F1 car when she tested the Aston Martin F1 car. And the team continued to Make A Mark off the track, most notably launching a pioneering partnership with The Aleto Foundation to provide a leadership programme for young ethnic minority students.

Stroll & Alonso
Drivers
1922 French GP
Jock Horsfall Silverstone 1949
BRDC International Trophy 1959
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