Decalspotters understand from a reputable source that Mercedes-AMG will no longer provide the Formula 1 Safety Car and Medical Car from next year.
The Affalterbach-based brand is believed to be replaced by British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, now owned by a consortium led by Racing Point’s Lawrence Stroll, as they return to F1 after 61 years out of the sport.
This will be the first time since 1996 that another brand provided F1 the Safety Car, as F1 end a 24-year long partnership with Mercedes.
However, it wouldn’t be the first time Aston Martin would “replace” Mercedes-AMG as Safety Car providers in a championship.
In 2018, as the British markee prepared their DTM entry, they brought the Vantage V8 Coupe as one of the series’ safety car.
On his “Beyond the Grid” interview, F1’s Safety Car Driver Bernd Mäyländer revealed how Mercedes would provide the Black Series AMG GT as the upcoming Safety Car.
Plans could have changed to have the most recent property of Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin, to provide the new Safety Car.
Rumours have aligned current Mercedes-AMG F1 boss Toto Wolff to help out on the return of Aston Martin in the sport since Stroll bought a majority stake in Aston Martin Lagonda.
Other strong rumours have linked to a complete takeover of Mercedes sponsor INEOS of the German F1 team, as Daimler look to reduce costs but remain in the pinnacle of motorsport.
The new F1 Safety Car could be either the DB11 or DBS Superleggera, while the Medical Car is set for the DBX.