Force India has confirmed it will not be joining forces with Aston Martin for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, but doesn't rule out the possibility of a collaboration occurring further down the line.
The iconic English brand was first linked with a move into F1 towards the end of the 2015 season in what was set to be a branding deal with Force India in conjunction with the Johnnie Walker.
Though exact details were sketchy, it was thought Force India could have been rebranded as an Aston Martin team – or have its Mercedes engine rebranded - and run with a Johnnie Walker-inspired livery.
However, after Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer was recently quoted as saying a move into F1 was unlikely for the time being, Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer has confirmed that talks have indeed gone cold, even if he says it isn't out of the question entirely beyond this year.
"It's a big step, and it's flattering that Aston Martin have been talking to is," he said. "We're still discussing. In the short term, meaning 2016, I don't see that type of re-branding happening. But you never know what the future holds thereafter."
Force India enjoyed its best-ever F1 season in 2015, clinching a podium with Sergio Perez in Russia en route to fifth in the constructors' standings.