Aston Martin boss Lawrence Stroll is set to ignore the advice of his close associate and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.
Stroll has invested to the tune of £182 million to acquire a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin Racing.
With so much financial clout in the mix, it is natural for Stroll to want to see an improvement on last season’s performance where they finished 7th in the constructors’ championship.
The team has already gone through a significant overhaul since he has come into the picture.
A new wind tunnel is already set to be in place by 2023, which will undoubtedly help achieve some of the lofty ambitions that Aston Martin has.
The AMR22, which was released on Friday, is set to be a significant upgrade to last year’s model. If early rumours are to be believed, it could even give Vettel one last shot at winning a fifth world championship.
Stroll’s latest decision to get rid of the Mercedes element at Aston Martin is, therefore, a huge blow for Wolff. It is worth noting that Wolff also has a share at Aston Martin Racing.
Stroll has been vocal about the team being keen to produce its own power unit. Aston Martin currently relies on Mercedes to fulfill this need at present.
Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green said the team can look to implement its own engines by as early as 2026.
This directly goes against the advice of Wolff, who was keen to ensure that the partnership between Mercedes and Aston Martin continues well beyond the existing deal. The current agreement sees the partnership run till 2025.
Stroll, it appears, has already made up his mind and wants Aston Martin to feature as an independent team.
Vettel hopes to accelerate process
At the launch of the AMR22, star driver Sebastian Vettel seemed optimistic about being able to deliver on Stroll’s long-term vision for the team.
“I hope to accelerate it a little bit,” Vettel said.
“It’s always a big effort and since there’s so many novelties this year, it’s very difficult to know what to expect.
“To point out where we’ll be is impossible at this stage but surely if we’re on the climb, we want to be better than last year.”
While there was a lot of hype around Aston Martin at the start of last season, the team was completely off the pace and struggled to compete with Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari.
Stroll will hope that they make the most of their season opener in Bahrain on March 20.
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