Formula 1 | F1 review – Mid-season 2022: Aston Martin


F1 review - Mid-season 2022: Aston (...)

If Aston Martin F1 has shown great ambitions since its return to Formula 1 last year, the team owned by Lawrence Stroll fell from a height in 2021, finishing only seventh in the championship. And it’s even worse this year, when a bad start has been made with the new regulations.

The Silverstone-based team was thus the only one on the field not to have scored a point after three races. And if the major changes made during the Spanish Grand Prix enabled him to finish more regularly in the top 10, the results remain well below the expectations of a structure that would like to play for victories and the championship in the long term, in particular at because of a flagrant lack of pace in qualifying.

The British team has already announced that it is mainly focused on its single-seater next year, and so we should not expect miracles during the last part of the 2022 season. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll should still be able to bring in points consistently, but Aston Martin F1 is clearly prioritizing the future as they can’t miss out like that in 2023.

Statistical report: from 48 points (post-Hungary 2021) // to 16.5 points (post-Hungary 2022). That’s a drop of 65%. (in proportion to the races contested before the summer break).

Technical report: The evolution of the Aston Martin AMR22 in 2022

Sebastian Vettel

The future retiree does not deserve credit for his last year in Formula 1. After contracting Covid-19 just before the start of the season, Sebastian Vettel missed the first two Grands Prix where he was replaced by Nico Hülkenberg. Back at the wheel of the AMR22 in Australia, he was logically in difficulty but gradually gained strength as the races progressed.

Despite an uncompetitive F1, the German opened his counter by finishing 8th in Miami, before winning a new top 10 in Monaco then his best result of the season in Baku, where he finished 6th. He also scored at Silverstone and then in Hungary, totaling 16 points against 4 for his teammate Lance Stroll just before the break.

If Vettel probably no longer has his peak speed of the past, he shows good performances in the race where he regularly manages to come back from afar. It must be said that his AMR22 is particularly slow in qualifying, an area in which he has also pushed his team to progress for the end of the season. Let’s hope now for him that his end of career will be marked by some outstanding results, even if it will not be easy.

Statistics

14th with 16 points

— 0 win

— 0 pole position

— 0 podiums

— 0 fastest lap

— 0 hat-tricks

— 0 Grand Slam

Lance Stroll

If Lance Stroll does not achieve a catastrophic season, it is however difficult to take a performance out of the lot as he has been, like his team, behind so far. And the fact that his teammate Sebastian Vettel very quickly got the better of him this year, when he had contracted Covid-19 and his motivation for F1 was in question, does not plead in favor of the Canadian.

The Aston Martin driver has never done better than tenth place in the race this year, a result he obtained four times at Imola, Miami, Montreal and then at the Paul Ricard. But difficult to do better given the fact that in thirteen races, Stroll was eliminated in Q1 nine times.

Before the championship resumes, the native of Montreal thus occupies 18th place in the drivers’ championship with 4 small points, when his teammate, who has competed in two races less, has four times more than him. If his place in the team is already confirmed alongside Fernando Alonso for the 2023 season, we would still like to see him demonstrate something on the track by the end of the season, because his level of performance is often insufficient to such a level.

Statistics

18th with 4 points

— 0 win

— 0 pole position

— 0 podiums

— 0 fastest lap

— 0 hat-tricks

— 0 Grand Slam

Comparative

Race: 6/5 in favor of Vettel (when both have finished)

Qualifying: 8/3 in favor of Vettel



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