On the surface, it would seem to be a very aggressive move. Aston Martin is no doubt seeking to have a rebirth of sorts with new owner Lawrence Stroll and his investment friends and in doing so, they have secured the best engine on the grid made by Mercedes.
As a Mercedes customer, it does seem a bit odd that you would poach the Mercedes works team for their chief aerodynamicist, Eric Blandin, who will join Aston Martin in 2022.
“We can confirm that Eric Blandin will begin working for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team next year. His exact start date is not yet confirmed. The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 Team to ourselves will be an amicable one.”
There are a lot of very bold and resource-heavy investments the team has been making such as hiring ex-Red Bull aero chief, Dan Fallows, and nabbing Alfa Romeo’s Luca Furbatto as well.
I’ve always wondered what those engine supply contracts look like and clearly they felt poaching a team member wasn’t an issue per the contract. Still, it makes you wonder just how accommodating Mercedes will be in the future with regards to engine supplies, upgrades, technical support etc.
Could there be a new engine supply in the future for Aston Martin leaving them to be less concerned about the poaching of a key person at Mercedes? Who knows but it will be interesting to watch.