Why Did Aston Martin Replace Lance Stroll’s Infamous F1 Race Engineer – Brad Joyce?

Published 09/30/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Lance Stroll, Racing Point Force India F1 and Bradley Joyce, Racing Point Force India Race Engineer during the Test Days at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2018 in Yas Marina Circuit, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Sutton / Sutton Images)


Aston Martin F1 is onto something big. Labeled ‘team evolution’, Aston Martin has added new members to its team and reshuffled old ones. After recently hiring former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh as the CEO of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, Lance Stroll now has a new voice on the other end of his radio.

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Former race engineer Brad Joyce has vacated his seat on the pit wall after being promoted to the Head of Trackside Engineering. To take his place, the team made yet another promotion; this time it was Ben Michell, previously a Senior Performance Engineer.

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Although Brad Joyce and Lance Stroll‘s conversations on-air were well-enjoyed by the fans. A neutral voice on the pit wall, regardless of the situation, Joyce had the most serious tone of voice. However, with Aston Martin making such big moves for the progress of the team; surely the fans will enjoy seeing the green car improve its position in the 2022 season.

Aston Martin ready for new F1 era

It is widely believed that the 2022 regulations will level the pecking order of the grid. Even if the stronger teams remain strong, adjusting to the new era will have its warm-up time. Aston Martin has been taking big strides in the right direction to have a stronger team next year.

In addition to revamping their team, The Silverstone-based team has also upgraded their technology as well. To have a competing chance at the midfield battle, Aston Martin has begun working on a wind tunnel and state-of-the-art simulator.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

All this in hopes for a championship title, Lawrence Stroll has made his motive clear“It is a significant investment. It shows my belief in the team, confirms my ambition, and confirms my belief in F1.”

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The Canadian further added, “The improvement in communications and research, development and design was a necessity. We could not continue to grow to the headcount I want to grow to with the existing premises. Not possible. Full stop.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

The fight for the 2022 battle has already begun before the current season is over; already building up the competition amongst the teams. As teams continue to fight for the upper hand, looks like Aston Martin has its plan laid out before them- all towards one goal. Will the iconic marque add a championship to its name?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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