Formula 1 | Aston Martin F1: A ‘much more competitive’ 2023 car?

Aston Martin F1: A 2023 (...)

Dan Fallows, the new technical director of Aston Martin F1, is confident in the ability of the Silverstone team to progress next year, and to make an AMR23 much more competitive than its predecessor.

« We think it will be much more competitive than this year’s car » assures Fallows. « I am convinced that we can take a big step forward with the AMR23. Because when I look around the car, there are areas for improvement absolutely everywhere. »

« I mean, we have literally hundreds of projects going on right now. In the aero department, in the design office, in R&D, across the team, people are finding improvements. »

« Whether it’s weight improvements, stiffness improvements, improved rider controls, better aerodynamics, a more stable car platform, it’s all going to bring performance to the car. »

Preparing for Alonso’s arrival without any particular concern

Fallows isn’t worried about Fernando Alonso’s harsh statements next year, if the single-seater doesn’t work out: « We know that Fernando will talk about the problems with the car, but that shouldn’t be news for the team.

« With Sebastian [Vettel] and spear [Stroll]we had two drivers who spoke about the car, gave a lot of feedback and told us when they thought something was wrong.

The engineer admits that it is difficult to envision Alonso’s driving style in advance, and therefore to create the car relying on it: « I don’t know Fernando very well, so my knowledge of his driving style is based on what others have said. He has a reputation for driving by feeling, he really likes to feel the limits of the car.

« If that’s the case, we need to make sure the platform of the car is predictable, stable, all the things we’re trying to achieve with a car anyway, but it’s certainly amplified with someone like Fernando. »

« Max Verstappen is a driver like that too. He likes to drive a car on the limit, or slightly above, all the time, so you have to make sure the car behaves correctly in those conditions, on the absolute limit. I I understand that Fernando will be very similar. »

Designing an F1 that drives « like a kart »

This ability to push a Formula 1 single-seater to its absolute limit compels the team to give these drivers a car they can exploit as they please: “There are drivers, like Fernando and Max, who drive these Formula 1 cars, yet at high speed and high downforce, like go-karts.

« It seems absolutely extraordinary to me that they can treat a car as sophisticated and as fast as a Formula 1 in the same way as a kart, but they do it. And if that’s how they drive, it It’s up to us to give them a car that they can drive like a go-kart. »

Fallows admits that he is not a karting specialist, but a great amateur: « I’m not very good, but I like it. There’s a kart club at Aston Martin F1, and I have to get involved because it’s one of the most fun things you can do. can do, and it’s great for team cohesion. »

« Years rather than months » to reach the top

Despite Aston Martin F1’s very ambitious plan to reach the top, Fallows is aware that it will take time to reach the level of the top teams, and that it will be years.

« We’re incredibly ambitious about cutting time to get to where we want to be, but there’s a big difference between becoming the first midfield team and seriously fighting for wins and championships. »

« It’s something that’s going to take years rather than months to achieve, so we have to be realistic about the expectations for the next two years. We all know what we need to do to be ahead, but it will take time. « 

« There are so many pieces of the puzzle to put in place and a big part of that is learning from mistakes. We have to find our own way as a team. We have to find the Aston Martin way of winning Grands Prix. . »

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