Aston Martin “Trying to Claw Our Way Back” After Being “Dealt a Bad Hand” This F1 Season: Stroll

Published 05/29/2021, 5:07 PM CDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Aston Martin haven’t hit the heights of last year, which propelled them to a maiden F1 race win, this season. Before the race weekend in Monaco, they were sitting seventh in the constructor’s standings. But a fine performance by Sebastian Vettel has rejuvenated them and now they sit fifth. It is all part of their comprehensive performance recovery plan, according to their owner.

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Lawrence Stroll believes that it was unfair when they lost their standing in the pecking order because of floor changes. But because of their aggressive update packages, including further floor revisions in Monaco, they are now on an upward trajectory.

“We had a difficult start to the season, we were dealt a bad hand with the rule changes, cutting the floor, which really hurt the low-rake cars. Us and Mercedes both lost close to a second a lap versus our competitors,” Stroll acknowledged.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point talk in the Paddock before the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 29, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

And he added, “So we’re trying to claw our way back and never give up, and we keep bringing bits to the car to try and get back to where we should be.”

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2022 regulations preventing Aston Martin from regaining last year’s F1 form

While they are constantly improving, Stroll doesn’t believe they will regain their former glory. It is because they don’t want to lose sight of what lies ahead of them. The 2022 regulations, which supposedly will reset the order of the grid, are the priority for every F1 team.

And Aston Martin are no different than the rest. With the cost cap also coming into effect, their hands are tied – “I don’t think we can get back to last year’s performance, because then we’d have to give up focus obviously on the ‘22 car. It’s a fine balance. But we’ll fight right to the end.”

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There has been a lot of chatter about the poor performance affecting the prestige of this big brand. But Stroll doesn’t believe it had too much of a negative impact.

“I don’t think it took away from the rebranding and that excitement. That’s been phenomenal. We see it through fan engagement,” the Canadian billionaire emphasized.

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Stroll Sr. would be hoping that his team carries over their Monaco form to the streets of Baku next weekend.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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