Aston Martin targeting an upgrade for every race

Date published: April 30 2022 - Jamie Woodhouse

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack in the Imola paddock. Italy, April 2022.

Mike Krack wants Aston Martin to keep developing with new parts for the AMR22 at every race.

Team owner Lawrence Stroll has invested heavily into the team since it was rebranded to Aston Martin ahead of the 2021 campaign, with a major recruitment drive forming an increased workforce and new management structure, while work is well under way on Aston Martin’s new factory.

However, on track the results are yet to benefit from this, with Aston Martin now finding themselves among the slowest teams.

They were the last outfit to open their account for the season, but have now done so via a double points finish at Imola, Sebastian Vettel claiming a P8 finish and Lance Stroll P10.

That breakthrough came despite Krack, who took over as team principal ahead of the 2022 season, not believing there was “much more pace in the car than previously”.

That said, the Luxembourgish team principal wants Aston Martin “to bring updates every race” to grow further from here.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll during the Australian Grand Prix. Melbourne, 2022.

“[We] want to have continuous development and bring updates all the time – sometimes they are a bit bigger, sometimes a bit smaller, but it is important to keep the development alive,” he said, quoted by MotorsportWeek.com.

“We have three main points we are working on. One is aero, the most important one. Second is car weight, very important as well.

“And the third is how we can provide better feedback [from the car] to our drivers that goes into the suspension, into the steering, these kinds of things, the set-up of the car.

“We need to try and give the drivers a better feel of the car so they can extract more from it.

“This is also why I think we have so many incidents at various tracks like, for example, Melbourne where we saw our drivers went off quite a lot. This is not normal – drivers of this quality don’t go off all the time.

“I think we made a small step [at Imola] already, some small updates, and we look forward to making more.”

 

Aston Martin’s next opportunity to progress will be at Formula 1’s first visit to the Miami International Autodrome for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.