Aerodynamic upgrades coming for Aston Martin in Singapore

Thomas Maher
Aston Martin's Nyck de Vries on track at the Italian Grand Prix. Monza, September 2022.

Aston Martin will be rolling out some tweaks to their AMR22 as part of a final push to the end of the 2022 F1 season.

The Silverstone-based team are set to bring further updates to their car at the Singapore Grand Prix, according to their technical director Dan Fallows.

With only six races remaining in the 2022 Formula 1 season, attention is switching to the 2023 campaign – the calendar for the upcoming season was confirmed earlier this week.

But that does not mean the cars will go without further evolution before the end of this year, despite how few races are left to reap the benefits.

After debuting a unique and eyebrow-raising rear wing design at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Aston Martin are set to use that rear wing design again next week.

“The Marina Bay Street Circuit should suit that wing so it’s likely to be back on the car for the Singapore Grand Prix,” Fallows said in an interview for the official Aston Martin F1 website.

The rear wing needed plenty of correspondence between Aston Martin’s technical department and the FIA to ensure the design conformed with the technical regulations, and Fallows said it is an example of how innovative the department can be.

“It’s a development that came under my watch, but it’s an excellent example of the strength and depth we have in the technical department,” he said.

“The creativity of our people is exceptionally high. I see examples of their ingenuity all over the car – different ways of making the most of the regulations – and the rear wing we introduced in Hungary is one of them.”

More updates on the way

Aside from the rear wing, Fallows confirmed further new components will be added to the AMR22 in a bid to improve the performance of the car in what has been a tough season for the former Racing Point squad.

“As part of a programme to reduce the weight of the car, and improve the aerodynamic performance, we have some new items for Singapore,” he said.

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel on track during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2022.

Unlike last year, when revolutionary regulations were incoming for ’22, the regulations remain fundamentally static for next season – which means updates introduced late this year can still prove useful in the carry-over to next year’s design.

“It’s about making the car faster but it’s also about next year’s car,” Fallows explained.

“It’s so important to keep bringing developments to the car and not waste any opportunity to test them on track. You can have as much faith as you like in your wind tunnel and CFD tools, but the real answer is what happens on track.

“For us to build confidence in what we are doing for ’23 – in the direction we are going – we need to keep bringing updates to the track. The response from the drivers about the changes we have made this season has been good and we’ve seen improvements in the performance of the car too, so it shows we are on the right trajectory.”

Dan Fallows confident of Aston Martin progress in 2023

Following the rebrand of Racing Point to Aston Martin for 2021 as team owner Lawrence Stroll began implementing changes as part of a five-year plan to move further up the grid, the performance of their car dipped significantly.

But Fallows explained that behind the scenes, there is a huge amount of work under way to find speed and improve the team’s performance.

“When I look around the car, there are areas of improvement absolutely everywhere,” he said.

“I mean, we have literally hundreds of projects on the go right now – in the aerodynamics department, in the design office, in R&D, throughout the team people are finding improvements, be it weight improvements, stiffness improvements, improved driver controls, better aerodynamics, a more stable car platform – it’s all going to bring performance to the car.

“We believe [next year’s car] will be much more competitive than this year’s. I’m confident we can make a big step forward with the AMR23.”

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