Stroll reiterates aero rules hurt Aston Martin

Date published: August 26 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

Lawrence Stroll arrives for the British GP. July 2021.

Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll says his outfit are still recovering from the “controversial” aerodynamic changes.

In a bid to cut downforce away from the current challengers, new regulations were brought in for 2021 which forced design changes around the rear floor area and diffuser.

The new season has now shown that the low-rake cars were most severely affected by these changes, those being the Mercedes W12 and Aston Martin AMR21.

Aston Martin did feel somewhat targeted by these new regulations, and still they are on the long road to recovery from their impact.

“It’s a very controversial year with the aerodynamic rules from the cut in the underbody,” Stroll said, as quoted by Motorsport-Total.com and Formel1.de.

“I think everyone is smart enough to find out through their own simulations and calculations that the two low-rake cars – us and Mercedes – lost around a second per lap.

“It’s no coincidence that Mercedes suddenly has to fight for a World Championship that they have won effortlessly in recent years.

“And unfortunately, the same thing happened to us with the changes in the regulations.

“I don’t want to comment further on why they changed the rules, but that hit us, us and Mercedes. So I think that’s the reason for the weaker performance this year.”

Sebastian Vettel overtakes Lance Stroll during the Portuguese GP. Portimao May 2021.

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Despite the disadvantage which was placed upon Aston Martin, their 2021 season to date has been relatively successful.

Gone are the days of the ‘pink Mercedes’, but Aston Martin nonetheless do have a podium finish to their name, that coming courtesy of Sebastian Vettel’s P2 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The four-time World Champion repeated that achievement at the Hungarian Grand Prix, though was disqualified after Aston Martin were unable to provide the required post-race fuel sample.

Lance Stroll has finished in the points at six of the opening 11 rounds, making him Aston Martin’s more consistent performer.

Overall though Vettel’s tally of 30 points betters Stroll’s 18, with Aston Martin sitting P7 in the Constructors’ standings heading into the Belgian Grand Prix.