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Green Pea to AMR22: Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years at French Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel will mark occasion with celebratory lap in original 1922 car at Circuit Paul Ricard

Tuesday 19 July, Castellet, France: A century on from its #racing debut, Aston Martin’s original Grand Prix car is set to roar back to the #frenchgrandprix, for a thrilling celebratory lap. 

This weekend’s race sees #astonmartin mark the centenary of its maiden challenge at the 1922 #frenchgrandprix, with no current Formula One® manufacturer enjoying such an early history of top-flight #competition.

Ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix, four-time F1® world champion #sebastianvettel will get the chance to pilot TT1 – affectionately nicknamed ‘Green Pea’ – around Circuit Paul Ricard, 100 years on from the storied car taking to the road circuit of Strasbourg for a 60-lap, 800 km race as one of two #astonmartin entries.

The cars were built by founder Lionel Martin following a commission by wealthy young motor #racing driver and pioneer Count #louiszborowski, who invested £10,000 in their construction and the development of an entirely new 16-valve twin overhead cam four-cylinder race engine. TT1 and TT2 were originally intended for the 1922 Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) #Event, but a delay saw them instead make the marque’s international #racing debut at the #frenchgrandprix on the 15 July 1922, with Zborowski piloting TT1. He later went on to design ‘Chitty Bang Bang’ the car which inspired the book, film, and stage musical Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.

Sebastian Vettel, #astonmartin Aramco Cognizant F1™ Team driver said: 

“Green Pea holds a very special place in Aston Martin’s heritage, and you can almost feel that century of history beneath your fingertips when at the wheel.

“The #racing spirit and will to win is something that defines #astonmartin, and it’s fantastic to celebrate it this weekend as we bring Green Pea and our heritage in motorsport together with the cutting-edge technology and performance of today’s AMR22 car.”

This weekend, the #astonmartin Aramco Cognizant F1™ Team will race with the original #astonmartin logo from 1913 on the nose of its cars, mirroring the marque featured on Green Pea. The symbolic switch comes in the week that #astonmartin launches a bold new creative identity, including a contemporary update to its iconic wings logo, created by the manufacturer’s world-renowned design function in collaboration with acclaimed British art director and graphic designer Peter Saville. The new #astonmartin wings feature on the side panels of the AMR22 car.

The first #astonmartin Grand Prix car, featuring a 1,486cc engine unit, was good for around 55bhp at 4,200 rpm. The car – built with a body conforming to the voiturette style – weighed in at 750kg, 45kg lighter than today’s AMR22 challenger. It had a top speed of 85mph and carried two seats, one off-set, as per the Grand Prix regulations of the time, to accommodate the riding mechanic who was an essential member of the team not least because of his job to pressurise the fuel tank via a hand pump.

Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of #astonmartin and owner of the #astonmartin Aramco Cognizant F1™ Team, said: 

“Aston Martin benefits from the earliest Grand Prix history of any manufacturer currently #racing in F1, and we are proud to celebrate that this weekend, 100 years on from making our debut at the #frenchgrandprix

“Having been born on a racetrack, performance DNA runs through Aston Martin’s bloodline and is something we are reinjecting to the #astonmartin brand through our return to Grand Prix #racing with the #astonmartin Aramco Cognizant F1™ Team. We continue to climb together, following in the footsteps of those who led the way. I believe we can all look forward to many more seasons of intense #competition in what is, today, nothing short of a global sporting phenomenon.”