Aston Martin have kept launch season rolling with the reveal of their new-look 2022 challenger, the AMR22.
The Silverstone-based team, which is heading into its second season back on the Formula 1 grid, unveiled the AMR22 in an online launch, the car which they hope will inspire their rise back up the pecking order.
Their previous incarnation Racing Point grew into a midfield leader thanks to the controversial close design ties with Mercedes, but aerodynamic changes for 2021 hurt both outfits, with Aston Martin, formerly known as Racing Point, dropping into the lower reaches of the midfield, ultimately finishing P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.
But now it is about looking ahead as Aston Martin became the third team to hold their 2022 launch, following on from Haas’ livery and design reveal on February 4, while Red Bull took the covers off of their RB18 on February 9.
Yes, now we can get hyped for 2022. Very interesting box inlets on the sidepods and massive undercut. Note the geometry of the rear wing mainplane too and finally DRS on a 22 car. Lot's to unpack 👍 pic.twitter.com/f1gLpWKQUB
— Matthew Somerfield 🅢🅞🅜🅔🅡🅢Ⓕ① (@SomersF1) February 10, 2022
Crucially, Aston Martin revealed the complete ARM22 rather than a model, and instantly standings out is the sidepod design.
Aston Martin have gone with a very interesting design for box inlets on the sidepods and a massive undercut.
Formula 1 has introduced sweeping regulation changes for 2022, the cars switching to ground effect aerodynamics in a bid to make it easier to follow, thus it is hoped creating more overtaking opportunities.
These new rules also feature tougher restrictions on the design parameters than before, in order to avoid the aims of the new cars being negated, and also reduce the gap between the front and back of the grid.
Speaking at the launch, team chairman Lawrence Stroll said: “We are continuing our journey to the summit of Formula 1 and we want to win.
“But we know that winning isn’t easy, that’s why we have a five-year journey and a plan to keep climbing and to get to the top.
“To win in Formula 1, everything has to be just in the right place and a lot of moving parts have come together.
“The sport is constantly evolving and unless you evolve with it, you’ll be left behind.
“We are going to do it as a team, because it takes the power of a team to be successful in Formula 1.”
For all of the change Aston Martin has though retained the same driver line-up for 2022, consisting of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll.
The AMR22 will hit the track along with the other new challengers between February 23-25 for an unofficial test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Pre-season testing then starts officially in Bahrain with a three-day test between March 10-12, before the Bahrain International Circuit then hosts the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.