The Aston Martin still had big weaknesses and did not have a good start to the 2022 Formula 1 season. In the first three races of the season, they remained completely without points and at times were in last place in the constructors’ championship. Team boss Mike Krack admits that the team never really solved the AMR22’s weaknesses.
In the end, they narrowly missed sixth place in the championship with 55 points, with Alfa Romeo only winning the race for P6 thanks to the better individual results.
Over the course of the season, the British team made great strides, although things didn’t really go their way at first with a “Red Bull copy” introduced in Barcelona. In the last 19 races of the season, however, they managed to finish in the points 15 times.
Indeed, considering where the team was in the winter, and after a factory worker contacted this website explaining the impending disaster coming, it was a remarkable turnaround to finish strongly despite the car’s weaknesses.
“It shows you can’t give up,” says Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack, who only officially joined the team during testing. “It always sounds the same, doesn’t it? It’s hard work to work out what you need to work on and try to mitigate one weakness after another.”
“Never believed a fight for P6 in Melbourne”
“And I think we have to be really proud – proud might not be the right word – but we have to see that we kept our cool. We didn’t panic in that situation, even though it was very, very difficult at the time.”
“And I think if they had told me in Melbourne that we would end up fighting for sixth place, I probably wouldn’t have believed it,” Krack said.
Nevertheless, even a sixth WRC place would have been far below the team’s ambitious goals. For the future, therefore, the team still has to take a big step to make the dream of the World Championship possible.
Aston Martin still had these 3 weaknesses
Team owner Lawrence Stroll has already invested large amounts of money in the team. In March 2021, he unveiled a five-year plan for Aston Martin to challenge for the Formula One title. To achieve this, he is building a state-of-the-art new factory and has already hired many high-level employees from other major teams.
The team was able to send another signal with the signing of two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, who is 100 per cent convinced of his change after his first test in the Aston Martin in Abu Dhabi.
According to Krack, there were three weaknesses of the AMR22 in particular that prevented better performances:
“I think the three weak points I always mentioned were the feedback the driver needs to feel the car. The second was the weight of the car, and the third was of course the aerodynamics. And you never solve aerodynamics!”