At the race this weekend there was a lot of speculation that there might be more to this venture. We know Red Bull using the Renault block and making their own labeled engines. Talk is Aston Martin be in some way the supplier of F1 engines to their team next year. Just a rumor but stranger things have happened.
Yes, in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of Formula One anything is possible, but I cannot imagine how it could make any sense for AM to become an F1 engine supplier.
- Aston Martin have no in-house engine making expertise or capability, and have not done for many years.
- Not long ago AM signed a long-term contract with Mercedes to use Merc engines in all AM production road cars for the foreseeable future.
- As part of that contract Merc took an equity stake in AM.
- As we all know, the Merc engine is currently dominant in F1.
- Aston Martin has no real money. Prior to the announcement of the Merc equity investment, people were wondering how AM would be able to pay for development of their next model
At the same time, despite wanting a "performance" image, Merc have never done a limited edition "hypercar", unless one counts the CLK-GTR which is literally the worst road car I have been in in my life, and of which it took the Mercedes global sales network 6 years to sell 25 units.
For those reasons, to me at least it seems much more likely that the Newey/Aston project would have Merc power, and that any "Aston Martin" engine in F1 would be such in name only.