Aston Martin F1 Affirm an Entirely Different AMR22 in the Wind Tunnel Following Pre-Season Testing

Published 03/15/2022, 2:48 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Aston Martin performance director Tom McCullough has revealed that the new AMR22 has undergone major changes ahead of the new season. McCullough added that the car looks “completely different” again in the wind tunnel expecting a rapid improvement in 2022.

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After rebranding from Racing Point, the team begins their second season, with higher expectations after a lackluster 2021. The 46-year-old said, “The car that you see now is very different from the car that we have in the wind tunnel. And I’m sure that everyone in the pit lane feels the same way.”

“With all the different solutions that are out there, in terms of design and philosophy, we just thought we wanted a little freedom to not be totally committed to one philosophy.”

“I think there will be an element of convergence across teams, but maybe not as radically as at the extremes. It’s a very interesting time. There has to be an information overload for aero designers at the moment,” he concluded.

However, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll have undergone two testing sessions in Barcelona and Bahrain. The team’s highest place finish came in Baku, with Vettel finishing second behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

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With an experience of youth and experience, new Team Principal Mike Krack will have work on his hands. The former BMW motorsport boss replaces Otmar Szafnauer, after a long stint with the team. However, he will now work with 4-time Champion Vettel, who has undoubtedly been one of the best drivers in F1 history.

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Additionally, Stroll has shown glimpses of his potential, which could culminate in a fruitful 2022. Krack will be wary of the new regulations, with bigger tyres and major aerodynamical changes. The intense competition in the midfield will intensify with ‘closer racing’ expected this season.

Aston Martin should be highly optimistic of a drastic improvement after an unsuccessful debut campaign. Their pace remains a slight unknown, but there is hope for securing more points this season starting in Bahrain next week.

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With under a week left, fans will be excited to see how Aston Martin performs in 2022.

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Mario Fernandes

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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