Sebastian Vettel believes 2022 will be a real test for Aston Martin Racing after a shake-up in the Formula 1 team’s management structure over the winter, further hinting at the issues the F1 team has experienced as they try and break into the top tier.
While Aston Martin’s driver line-up remains unchanged this season from 2021 with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, team boss Otmar Szafnauer has been replaced by Mick Krack, while Martin Whitmarsh has taken on the role of CEO since late last year. From April, former Red Bull engineer Dan Fallows will join the British manufacturer’s team as technical director. Further, TJ13 has been given further insight into just how much bigger the team is, and how this has caused big issues in developing the 2022 car.
All of these changes, combined with the fact that Formula One is entering a new era this year with the introduction of new technical rules, should give Aston Martin a new lease of life and help it move up the pecking order this year after a disappointing 2021 season in which the Silverstone-based team finished seventh in the constructors’ championship.
“The truth is that the team is growing. Obviously, having a reshuffle in the structure is always a bit tricky, and it will take time to overcome that,” Sebastian Vettel said.
“But I hope we manage to pull ourselves together and become more consistent and efficient in our processes.
“I think this year will be a real test for us and we will see how good we are. Last year we didn’t show anything because we didn’t focus on introducing updates. But this year it’s all about this set of rules, this generation of cars and we will be able to show what we can produce. We should be graded on that.”
The AMR22 was unveiled this week and was already on track at Silverstone on Friday for a shakedown