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Enthusiasts speculation: will Andy Cowell switch from Mercedes to Aston Martin?

10:40  07 july  2020
10:40  07 july  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Aston - Martin has been using Mercedes -AMG V-8 engines for five years now but the days of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged According to Autocar, getting engines from Mercedes -AMG was never meant to last for too long, just enough so that Aston could regroup and start work on an engine of their own.

Andy Cowell (rechts) gilt als einer der Väter der Mercedes-Erfolge seit 2014 © Motorsport Images Andy Cowell (right) is one of the fathers of Mercedes' success since 2014

Farewell to Andy Cowell as Managing Director at Mercedes -AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) in Brixworth, where Formula 1 -Engines built for the Mercedes team obviously do not necessarily mean that the successful engineer will migrate to a competing company.

It was "pretty much his decision" whether he switched to another team or manufacturer, said team boss Toto Wolff in the Friday press conference in Spielberg. At the same time, he suggests further cooperation in a new context when he says: "At the moment he is well established and recognized within the Mercedes family. I hope it stays that way."

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Shares of Aston Martin surged Tuesday after the famed British car brand announced the head of Mercedes -Benz's performance division as its next CEO. Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes -AMG, will replace Andy Palmer as CEO of Aston Martin .

Speculation arose earlier this month that Wolff might quit Mercedes ' F1 operation after he jetted back from The Austrian is said to be keen on investing in Aston Martin and potentially taking on a News of Wolff having no plans to become Aston Martin chief executive might have an impact on Hamilton

On June 15th Mercedes officially announced what one had known internally since January: that Cowell wanted to change professionally and look for a "new challenge". How this could look like was not revealed. At that time, Wolff merely said that he was "certain" that Cowell would also "successfully master" the next challenge.

And Markus Schäfer, Daimler board member for group research and at the same time chairman of the supervisory board of HPP in Brixworth, indicated that Cowell "will support a big future project of Mercedes-Benz AG". At least that doesn't sound like goodbye forever.

Currently unclear: What will Cowell do in the future?

So far, there is no evidence of what Cowell's professional future could look like. It would be difficult to understand that Mercedes would simply let one of the most important masterminds behind the hybrid drive technology, which has dominated Formula One since 2014, compete without starting at least trying to keep it in the extended family.

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2015 Aston Martin DBX concept. It's the mild hybrid engine used by Mercedes -AMG's "53" cars. At the beginning of March, Aston Martin senior engineering executive Matt Becker described Daimler’s newly developed M256 mild hybrid engine as being “something that could fit with the brand in the future.”

A statement from Aston Martin 's board of shareholders reads: "We're delighted that Andy is able to join us as our new CEO at this important time at Aston Martin . " Andy 's wealth of experience on the global automotive stage in marketing and sales, engineering and technology, and luxury and brand

It would therefore only be logical to offer him a new position within the extended Daimler family. So it is a good thing that both the Daimler Group and Wolff hold shares in the British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin , which is currently experiencing severe economic turmoil.

Cowell would not be the first top manager from the Daimler family to end up with Aston Martin. Already on May 26th it was announced that Tobias Moers will replace the previous CEO Andy Palmer there on August 1st. Moers was previously CEO of Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance department of the Daimler group.

Cowell could contribute its know-how in modern engine technology to Aston Martin. Aston Martin finally announced that it would build its own V6 and become more independent. There is currently a V8 from Mercedes-AMG in current top models such as the SUV DBX, in which the company has high hopes, and in the flagships Vantage and DB11.

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Mercedes -Benz and Aston Martin have been getting pretty comfortable recently. First there was news that AMG would lend their engines to Aston Martin . AMG is pretty spectacular at what they do, so I don’t think anyone is worrying about Aston Martin ’s performance capabilities… Well, at least not yet.

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Clever minds like Moers and Cowell can only be positive for Aston Martin. The sports car manufacturer has lost well over 90 percent of its stock market value since its IPO in November 2018 . At the beginning of this year, Lawrence Stroll and later Wolff entered as investors. Stroll has also taken over as CEO.

Why Aston Martin would be attractive to Cowell

From Cowell's perspective, Aston Martin could be a unique opportunity to develop professionally - not just as a senior engineer, but as a top manager in the automotive sector. And should the longing for his old environment break through Formula 1, that would not be bad either. From 2021, today's Racing Point will officially become the Aston Martin factory team.

"It is always a loss if someone decides to stop. But we respect such decisions," says Wolff. Cowell wants to "take a break," he explains. And: "He is involved in a Daimler project that is very exciting. After that, we will make a decision about what we do."

"We" sounds very much like Cowell's decision not to go it alone, but in close coordination with Wolff and Daimler CEO Ola Källenius, for whose trust he expressly thanked in the press release of June 15. All indications that Cowell and the Daimler family are looking for a common path for the future.

But even if he should go somewhere else: "We were always very good at succession planning," emphasizes Wolff and lists prominent departures that could be cushioned without a crack in the track record: "Ross Brawn, Paddy Lowe, Aldo Costa, Bob Bell, Mark Ellis. " All of them were filled internally, with engineers of the "next generation".

"The same thing is happening now at HPP," he says of the engine department in Brixworth. Cowell's direct successor as Managing Director, Hywel Thomas, values ​​Wolff "both as an engineer and as a personality, so I think we're okay." Thomas has been officially the new head of Mercedes engines in Formula 1

since July 1

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