Otmar Szafnauer says that Aston Martin have started discussing changing the colour of their livery for 2022.
When Racing Point rebranded to become the British team before the start of this season, the pink of BWT was replaced by British racing green.
While initial reactions to the new look were positive though, many have found the colour to appear too dark on TV cameras, with it often difficult to distinguish it from the black Mercedes.
By the Austrian Grand Prix, Szafnauer and co had decided they wanted to make changes so that the livery would stand out more.
“I think the green colour suits us, that’s for sure,” said the team principal.
“I think it’s a stunning colour in the sun and when you’re looking at it in person. But I believe we should be looking at making it pop a little more on television, without losing the green when you’re looking at its outside.
“I don’t know if we can do that, but that’s one thing that we’re looking to do, just to make sure that it differentiates itself on TV from some of the other darker cars.”
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However, there have been no such changes since then, with the livery remaining the same as it was at the start of the campaign.
It looks as if that will remain the case until the end of the year, but discussions are already taking place regarding potential changes for their 2022 challenger.
“We just started looking at that,” Szafnauer told reporters in a media call.
“We’ve had a senior team management meeting and we started talking about next year’s paint, and how much of the car we will be painting next year, with what colour.”
Colour isn’t the only thing that matters though, with the weight of the paint also an important factor in the decision-making process.
“Weight is also a big factor,” he added.
“We’ve got to take as much weight out as we can. So we’re just in the process of that now.”
Sebastian Vettel and his team will be hoping that they can change their fortunes as well as their colours in 2022, with them looking set to finish this year towards the bottom of the midfield.
They’re currently P7 in the Constructors Championship, 31 points off AlphaTauri, and Ralf Schumacher thinks they are “embarrassing” themselves with their current performances.