Lawrence Stroll has said the “ingredients” to make Aston Martin successful are coming together, and driver ambassador Jessica Hawkins thinks the team are “learning fast” as they look to get on form quickly.
Aston have started the season with what appears to be the second-slowest car on the grid based on early form, with Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg having struggled to get to grips with the AMR22 on track.
Sebastian Vettel will step back into the breach and replace reserve driver Hulkenberg in Australia and, while he has been communication with the team, the competitiveness of the car, or lack thereof, is set to be under the microscope once again.
W Series driver and team ambassador Hawkins thinks Aston Martin are not alone in facing early struggles with their car, and hope they will be able to develop quickly in 2022.
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“I mean I think every team is in the same situation,” she said to Express Sport. “We’re learning and we’re learning fast. We’re just at the beginning of the second year of our five-year plan so we’re working on a rapid timescale.
“We will hopefully be finding lots of performance in the not-too-distant future.”
Stroll continues to invest a significant amount of money in bringing Team Silverstone towards the big guns in terms of their resources, and chief technical officer Andy Green said at the car’s launch that they hope to keep up with the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari in adding upgrades to the AMR22 this season.
They have been on a recruitment drive that has reportedly added at least 200 staff members with the team, and Stroll said the team is only partway through their planned journey to get to title-challenging territory.
“We are hiring brilliant new people every week,” he said. “Our new factory build is coming along very well. We have a fantastic roster of superb sponsor-partners.
“We are about to embark on year two of our five-year plan, the objective of which is to win Formula 1 World Championships.
“All the ingredients we require are coming together. Mike [Krack, new team principal] will play a central and leading role, reporting to [chief executive] Martin Whitmarsh and leading our technical and operational functions, our collective aim being to fulfil those lofty ambitions. We are on our way.”
Stroll assures ingredients coming together for AM success
Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll assures the ingredients are coming together for eventual success.