Major Aston Martin F1 car upgrade revealed ahead of Spanish GP – The Race


Aston Martin’s significantly revised Formula 1 car has broken cover ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix with major visible changes.

The AMR22 has a completely different sidepod design and a new floor as part of a package designed to solve its porpoising problem and help it get out of the lower parts of the F1 midfield.

Aston Martin is only ahead of Williams in the constructors’ championship with six points from the first five races, with a car that has exceeded the weight limit and compromised in its mechanical configuration due to the gravity of the original design ( photo below) suffered from porpoising.

Team principal Mike Krack had previously hinted that upgrades designed to improve his situation would be ready in time for this weekend’s race and that was confirmed by footage Thursday in Barcelona showing a radically different AMR22 in the pit lane.

The most striking change is the elimination of the aggressive “double floor” style pontoon, replaced by a more conventional side deck up front and a wide, flat top surface that slopes completely towards the rear tires.

As a result of the new design, the cooling vents have been repositioned from the top of the pontoon to the rear of the monocoque and onto the engine cover.

And the changes are complemented by a new floor with a revised center section.

This drastic overhaul had been expected since pre-season.

Aston Martin F1 pontoon detail

Driver Sebastian Vettel said in Miami: “We have a big package coming up in Barcelona.

“We know it’s not a big step yet in terms of performance, so we’ll see.

“I look forward to updates.”

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