Andy Cowell, former pillar of Mercedes hegemony, joins Aston Martin

Former boss of the Mercedes engine department between 2013 and 2020, Andy Cowell returns to service in Formula 1 and will succeed Martin Whitmarsh as CEO of the group at the head of Aston Martin F1.

Published on 02/07/2024 à 13:13

Dorian Grangier

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Andy Cowell, former pillar of Mercedes hegemony, joins Aston Martin

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Aston Martin records a huge hit on the transfer market… of managers. The British team formalized this Tuesday the recruitment of Andy Cowell as CEO of the group, the latter will replace Martin Whitmarsh in this position from October 1, 2024.

His name may be familiar to you, because Andy Cowell is none other than the former boss of the engine department of Mercedes. The engineer is best known for having supervised the development and production of the V6 hybrid power units for the Star brand, with the enormous success he has enjoyed (seven consecutive world titles for Mercedes).

The Briton, now aged 55, began his career at Cosworth in the 1990s before joining BMW Motorsport in 2000 then Mercedes-Ilmor in 2004. At the Silver Arrows, Andy Cowell became director of engineering in 2008 then general director of Mercedes-AMG HPP in 2013 until 2020. He had not taken up a position since leaving the German team.

Cowell to lead Aston Martin – Honda deal

His recruitment at Aston Martin will be essential for the British team which will begin a new chapter in its history in 2026 with the new engine partnership with Honda. The Greens are giving themselves the means to achieve their ambition: to play for the world title with the arrival of the new regulations expected in less than two years.

“I am delighted to join Lawrence’s exciting project and look forward to working with the talented group of people that has been assembled,” said Andy Cowell. There F1 has always been my racing passion and I join Aston Martin at an exciting time with the imminent completion of the AMR Technology Campus project (the Silverstone factory, Editor’s note.) and our 2026 transition to a full factory team with our strategic partners Honda and Aramco. »

“I am delighted to welcome Andy to our team at a crucial time, rejoices Lawrence Stroll, executive chairman of the Aston Martin team. Thanks to our factory partnership with Honda, the commitment of our title partner Aramco and Andy's leadership, we are well on our way to becoming a world championship winning team. Andy has my full support and will have every resource available to win. »

Martin Whitmarsh, who will step down early this fall to focus on “other life projects”, was warmly praised by Lawrence Stroll for having “Developed the team and helped achieve important milestones, including fostering the relationship with Honda and expanding the Silverstone factory. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

02/07/2024 at 05:14 a.m.

Nice shot from Aston Martin, even though he had been gardening for several years!

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