Szafnauer: 'Predictions for 2022 are almost impossible'

18-08-2021 12:46 | Updated: 18-08-2021 14:23
by GPblog.com
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Szafnauer: 'Predictions for 2022 are almost impossible'

Aston Martin could be in trouble next season. Team boss Otmar Szafnauer says that the team had to work extra hard at the start of 2021, which has been at the expense of the 2022 car.

2021 was more work than hoped for

"We had to work longer and more intensively on the 2021 model to make music again than we had originally planned," Szafnauer reveals at SpeedWeek.com. According to the team boss, the work on the 2021 car came at the expense of that on the 2022 car. "In addition, we were limited in the possibilities of development under the budget ceiling."

According to Szafnauer, allocating resources between 2021 and 2022 was already a tricky task, but the rough start to 2021 seems to have made it even more tedious for Aston Martin. "It's hard to say how that will affect 2022."

What was the problem for Aston Martin was the fact that the car with little rake didn't seem to benefit from the new rules of the floor of the car. The slope at which the car stands cannot simply be made steeper says Szafnauer.

2022 is impossible to predict

"The big question will be who will succeed in 2022. This car is so radically different that it is almost impossible to predict. Every week we are making substantial progress with the models in the wind tunnel, but we have no comparison with other opponents," Szafnauer concludes.

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