After a difficult start to the season, Aston Martin brought a significant upgrade to the Spanish Grand Prix, which led to a comparison with the concept used by Red Bull on its RB18 car.
Since then, the team has experienced a rise in form, gaining points in each of the last three races and recording the best result of sixth place in Azerbaijan thanks to Sebastian Vettel.
But Aston Martin F1 boss Mike Crack warned that the team could not become “overly ambitious” given that the upgrade was initially able to have a big impact in Spain and then proved more competitive on street tracks in Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada.
In an attempt to address some of the shortcomings observed with the new package in Barcelona, more upgrades are planned for the British Grand Prix to further stimulate Vettel and his teammate Lance Strollhope.
“It simply came to our notice then [upgrade] for Barcelona, but you remember in Barcelona that we also lacked pace, very obviously, and the car hasn’t changed, ”Crack said.
“We have a combination of cars that is certainly the best, but also tracks that have helped us be a little more competitive than we might have been if there were three races on a track like Barcelona.
“We need to keep our feet on the ground. We know we need to bring updates for such tracks that are now coming, and so we decided to do just that.
“We need to upgrade the car to stay competitive because we know that in Silverstone everyone will have upgrades.”
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Pierre Gasley, AlphaTauri AT03
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Asked if Silverstone would be a tougher weekend for Aston Martin, given the similarities with Barcelona, Crack replied: “If we don’t upgrade the car, yes.
“But like I said, we will [bring updates] and then it obviously depends on how much we improve compared to how others improve.
“We worked in our own way [plans]we found slightly larger packages, smaller packages and in line with how the race is going, identifying also the weaknesses of the car in Barcelona ”.
The Barcelona concept on the AMR22 was developed in parallel with the car to launch, but ultimately offered the team a much wider customization window.
This lifted Aston Martin from what was spent at the foot of the Designers Championship, to a regular battle for points and a place in Q3, encouraging the team to continue developing the 2022 car.
“You have to see how tight the midfield is, you don’t need a big step to take a lot of positions,” Crack said.
“It was a little different in the past when you had very low positions and there were big differences between cars. But in Baku, I think in FP3, between P5 and P15 it was 0.4 with something of a second.
“If you manage to face this group, the points you score are much, much more than if you lack the two or three tenths you need for that.
“So we can’t just say we’re looking at a new car. We have to come to the fore in this group, and then it’s easier to fight for points, because we can’t finish the year we started it with. “