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Old 28 Nov 2019, 22:00 (Ref:3943502)   #91
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Are you saying Red Bull will pay the bill?
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Old 29 Nov 2019, 02:26 (Ref:3943542)   #92
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Are you saying Red Bull will pay the bill?
That wasn't even close to what I said, they have been paying and allowing Newey's services to develop cars. All of that adds up to a decreased cost to play. But feel free, pretend to be an insider and poo poo every idea. Personally I'm done and taking a break from this side of the forum until spring. I don't need to be depressed by "fans" who only want the worst for their sport
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Old 29 Nov 2019, 03:04 (Ref:3943546)   #93
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I thought all the Valkyrie's were spoken for? If that's the case then it's already a success. Of course most will be garage queens but that's not Aston's concern. If it sells out it makes them money.
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Old 29 Nov 2019, 03:08 (Ref:3943547)   #94
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Who gives a damn where the money's coming from as long as good and interesting cars make it to the grid, and there's nothing illegal or unlawful/unethical going on from that end?

Only thing I think is horsecrap is that ACO wanting to aim for a laptime within a few seconds of 3:30 for the new LMP1s at LM (last we saw laptimes that slow from the top class was 2006/2007) and the massive weight increase for the new cars (1100kg min weight as of now). Granted, I'd bet that AMR are at least partly responsible for that at least since it seems that they maybe want to run the Valkyrie AMR Pro track car with relatively few mods.

However, I do realize that I have about as much control over this subject as I do politics or the weather. It's not like the world's ending.
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Aston Martin finances aren't good. The overall car market is not good. Regardless of how promising the new cars are, if the demand is not there from consumers then it will not sell. Considering Aston only makes about 6,500 cars a year, consumer sentiment is very important. A reduction in only 650 or so car sales can knock 10% off car revenues. No money, no races.

They’re not good financially at the moment but everyone’s waiting to see if the DBX sells. Hopefully it does well for everyone’s sake. If it wasn’t for the DBX there wouldn’t be much hope at all.

The Valkeyrie won’t save the company but it’s sold out and is a guaranteed earner for the company so that’s a good thing in the short term. The Valkeyrie will race regardless of Aston’s sales. The likes of R Motorsport don’t depend on Aston for sponsorship so they can go it alone if need be. Do you really think Aston is putting a cent into the R Motorsport DTM project? More like the other way around.
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They’re not good financially at the moment but everyone’s waiting to see if the DBX sells. Hopefully it does well for everyone’s sake. If it wasn’t for the DBX there wouldn’t be much hope at all.

The Valkeyrie won’t save the company but it’s sold out and is a guaranteed earner for the company so that’s a good thing in the short term. The Valkeyrie will race regardless of Aston’s sales. The likes of R Motorsport don’t depend on Aston for sponsorship so they can go it alone if need be. Do you really think Aston is putting a cent into the R Motorsport DTM project? More like the other way around.


Very true, R Motorsport are just the biggest AM fan boys, so pursue these projects out of their own means, their cars always have good sponsorship

Funnily, the GT3 cars are usually sponsored by a local AM dealership
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Maybe the Valkyrie lmp program makes financial sense for AM too. I said it before but I do wonder if there's a couple of teams asking for them, it may float the project. Sorta like a small lmp2 type purchase/lease deal?
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Sounds to me like they're not going to be ready to have 4 cars running. At least that's how it sounded by the quotes in that article.
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Uhoh, are we looking at facing the Stroll family racing in sportscars now as well? Racing Pointe Aston Martin anyone? Sweet pink livery on the Astons should be exquisite right?
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Old 5 Dec 2019, 13:40 (Ref:3944986)   #102
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Uhoh, are we looking at facing the Stroll family racing in sportscars now as well? Racing Pointe Aston Martin anyone? Sweet pink livery on the Astons should be exquisite right?
Even the talk of such a thing has sent stock prices higher. Couldn't be bad, could it?
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Uhoh, are we looking at facing the Stroll family racing in sportscars now as well? Racing Pointe Aston Martin anyone? Sweet pink livery on the Astons should be exquisite right?
The pink livery was already in Force India before the arrival of Stroll and continues with his arrival which may or may not be in the Aston Martin.
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The pink livery was already in Force India before the arrival of Stroll and continues with his arrival which may or may not be in the Aston Martin.
I am aware, it was the change in sponsorship from Mallya's own companies to an actual sponsor when Sahara and he both had rounds of challenges in court and board rooms. It was not serious request to change the livery
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Funnily enough Force India came close to a partnership (or was it a buyout) with Aston Martin back in 2015
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