Aston Martin worried about 2022 car – “FIA’s aero changes were a backward step”

Aston Martin is worried about their 2022 car, saying that the FIA’s new rules have seen the development take a step backwards.

The new regulations for 2022 mean that cars will have to be designed and developed with many revised factors. When it comes to Aston Martin, they are a team that went from the highs of Racing Point’s 2020 to the average season they are having now.

The Lawrence Stroll-owned constructor sits seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, above the low tier of Williams, Alfa Romeo and Haas. That is far from an ideal position to be in, and with seven races to go, it looks unnervingly settled.

Their issues this season meant that they have had to spend time and resources on their current car instead of the one for next season. As a result, Aston Martin is worried about their 2022 car, saying that the development take a step backwards.

As quoted by The Race, Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said, “It was more difficult because of the backward step we took because of the FIA’s aero changes.

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll during the Dutch GP. Zandvoort September 2021.
Aston Martin finds itself in a tough spot at this point this season. Source:

“Therefore, we spent longer on trying to develop this year’s car to get it to a decent place than we otherwise would have. So not only did it have an impact on this year’s car, but it will also have an impact on next year’s.

Fair and square

Despite the setbacks, Szafnauer insisted that they are making no excuses, and that everyone has to deal with the new rules.

“Everyone’s got the same rule, see how well you can develop,” he added.

“And the rules are significantly different than what we have today, a huge departure, which means all the balls are up in the air. But at least everyone has the same chance.”

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