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“Aggressive” Aston Martin Hopes to Pose a Threat to McLaren, Alpine With Latest Promise

Published 11/06/2022, 6:24 PM EST

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The 2022 F1 season hasn’t been a great one for Aston Martin. They were far off from their targeted position as they struggled for points throughout the season. As this season is almost at its end, the British team expects to make a comeback in 2023, with Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll in their ranks.

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Mainly a mid-table team for a long time, Aston Martin didn’t quite live up to its expectations. Aston Martin, who formed after Force India and Racing Point, was once a threat to the top gunners as well as a regular in the mid-table fights.


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As the Silverstone-based team will look to gear up for the upcoming season. Their performance director Tom McCullough shared this, “We want to get to the front of the midfield pack and then start charging ahead – to do that, we’ve got to be aggressive.”

We tried to be as aggressive as we could this year, but with the budget cap and resources available, this has been difficult,” McCullough further asserted in a report published by FanNation. With this, the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team will look to lock horns with the current mid-table teams such as Alpine, McLaren, and Alfa Romeo.

Budget cap was the reason why Aston Martin lagged behind

The budget cap was introduced in the sport in 2021. All the teams were allotted a fixed amount to build and develop their cars. The subsequent amounts to fix, maintain and run their season will also have to be dependent on the same amount. However, the British team feels this was the reason why they couldn’t do much.


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Talking about this, McCullough stated, “There’s so much we could have done, but we couldn’t afford to within the budget cap – especially after the significant changes made to our car in Barcelona. For 2023, we’ve got to put all our ideas and learnings from this year together to deliver a significantly better car.”


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The budget cap was $145 million for a team per year, which two teams broke. One was Red Bull, while the other was Aston Martin, who picked up the ‘procedural breach’ tag.


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Currently, Aston Martin is in P7 in the constructors’ championship with 49 points. They are behind Alfa Romeo by 4 points and ahead of Haas by 13 points. As the performance director already had his words on the improvement, it’ll be interesting to see how they can manage to excel in 2023.



Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana