Aston Martin set to press on with new wind tunnel

Mark Scott
Lance Stroll Aston Martin

Lance Stroll Aston Martin

Aston Martin are carrying on regardless with their new wind tunnel build despite them set to be scrapped by 2030.

Earlier in May, it was revealed that eight out of current 10 Formula 1 teams are in favour of ditching the use of wind tunnels in the sport.

Time spent in the wind tunnel is becoming more and more precious with teams now limited on how much time they spend in there depending on how well they perform in the Constructors’ Championship.

The higher a team finishes, the less amount of time they get to develop their car there.

However, there is a desire from a majority of the Formula 1 teams to completely do away with wind tunnels but, despite that being the case, Aston Martin are prepared to spend their resources on a brand new one.

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“We are putting plans in place at the moment to build a tunnel,” Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer said, as quoted by GPFans.

“Aerodynamics are still a big differentiator in our sport and to have your own [tunnel] is advantageous, or to not have your own can be disadvantageous. Maybe that’s the right way to say it.

“So right now we are seriously considering the build of a tunnel and we will probably kick it off soon.

“The 2030 question, if we get it done in a couple of years’ time, there is still a decent period of time to get use from a new tunnel.

“Here we are in 2021, so say by the middle of 2023 we have our new tunnel up and running, six and a half years to use it.

“It would be worthwhile.”

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