Aston Martin have said the AMR22 seen on track during testing is “nothing like” the one they are working on in the wind tunnel.
On the final day of testing in Bahrain, Aston Martin were one of the lower teams in terms of time with Sebastian Vettel in 10th position and Lance Stroll in 16th, but they have already been making improvements following the data they gathered both in Bahrain and Barcelona.
Their performance director, Tom McCullough, has said the car Vettel and Stroll drove on track is wildly different to the one they are working on back at the factory in the UK.
“The car you are seeing now is nothing like the car we have in the wind tunnel,” he said, as reported by motorsport.com.
“And I’m sure that’s the same for everyone up and down the pit lane.
“As you are adapting your cars, and optimising your cars, there will be an element of that car that’s strong, and it’s gone that way that we sort of half looked at before. So let’s revisit the data we’ve already got.”
McCullough also said the team were always testing different solutions in a bid to find the perfect car.
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“We tried with this car not to drive ourselves into any cul-de-sacs,” he said.
“So of all the different solutions out there, from the packaging and philosophy side of things, we just thought we want to be able to have a bit of freedom not to lock ourselves in totally to just one philosophy.
“And that is the case – we are open to converging. I think for all teams there will be an element of convergence, but maybe not as radical as the extremes. It’s a very interesting time.
“I think for the aero design guys, it must be information overload for those people at the moment.”
Aston Martin share a wind tunnel with Mercedes but said they were unaware of the dramatic sidepod choice of the reigning Constructors’ champions.
“We’ve done a lot of testing with a lot of different parts and concepts and sidepods throughout the development phase,” said McCullough. “And we’ve got some update parts we are evaluating, a whole load of different solutions.
“Of course you will look at what everyone else has done now – you’ve seen nine other teams’ interpretations of the regulations. So there’s always an element of convergence. But the Mercedes one is obviously quite different.
“And the aero design guys are deciding relative to the solutions they have at the moment and what they are thinking of doing going forwards.”