Boost for Vettel as Aston Martin F1 Boss Reveals When They Can Start Winning Races

Published 10/21/2021, 7:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin F1 Team talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Aston Martin returned to Formula One after 60 years at the beginning of the 2021 season. They took over from the successful Racing Point team at the end of last year. But their comeback season has not gone to their expectations. They are currently in P7 in the championship and have scored just one podium so far. Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has now come out to discuss the plans of the team and their road to a future championship fight.

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We are pursuing a five-year plan: Otmar Szafnauer

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As reported by Motorsport-Total, the American stated the team has a five plan at the end of which they expect to fight for the championship. He also gave an update on how much they have progressed in that plan.

“Our factory will be ready in about a year and a half. […] And by the time we move in, we have to hire talented people, people who are a good fit for us, so that we can put things to good use,” said Otmar.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021, Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“When we’ve got all that in place, we can start to reap the benefits. Then we’ll win races too. I guess it won’t be next year. But it is very possible that it will work the year after. We are pursuing a five-year plan.

“About halfway through, after two and a half years, we should win the first races,” said Szafnauer.

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Otmar Szafnauer believes that come the start of the 2022 season, the grid will be much closer than it is right now. He also stated that next season would be a first chance for them to move closer.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Pool via Getty Images)

“Next year’s car, totally different technical regs and developed under a cost cap as well as a cap where we reduced both dyno times and aerodynamic runs.

“That itself should bring the competition closer together, but let’s see if that happens next year. It’s not that far off, and I do believe, come 2022, the field will be much closer,said the Aston Martin Team Principal.

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The British team have a lot of expectations from the new 2022 cars. It would be essential for their plan to develop a more competitive car so that they can constantly fight for points.

Will Aston Martin come back in 2022? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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