System 1 |  F1 approach: Aston Martin AMR22 evolution in 2022

System 1 | F1 approach: Aston Martin AMR22 evolution in 2022

F1 teams showed off new seats for the first time this year, based on completely revised regulations. Despite the limited budget, which reduces the costs of each model, the teams have worked extensively on their car, to bring more or less significant changes.

Today we discuss the changes made to the Aston Martin AMR22 between the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix, respectively the first and 13th rounds of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

The main evolution of one seat

At the beginning of the season, Aston Martin F1 revealed a single seat, one of the characteristics of which was to have round sticks and large vents on the top. These were designed to direct airflow behind the car and over the floor.

The idea to help the air flow more is an idea that we also saw in Ferrari and its customers, but it did not work as well as expected in the case of Aston Martin F1. The AMR22 really lacked agility and underperformed in this first edition, especially with the Australian Grand Prix disaster.

So the Silverstone team decided to completely modify the rear of its single seater for the Spanish Grand Prix, and bring completely revised sides to Barcelona (bottom photo in the image at the top of the article).

An investigation was carried out to understand if there could be a data leak, as the similarity with the RB18 pontoons was obvious (see the image at the bottom of the article). The fact that engineers from Red Bull joined Aston Martin F1 this season doesn’t seem to have affected the design too much.

The sidepod air intakes retained their square shape, but changes took place behind them. Less wide, they are also more sculpted, with a curve on the outer part, and the lower part of the back to produce a downwashing effect, which is to say direct the air down.

As was the case with the Red Bull at the time, the latter having changed since, the engine cover was slightly wider at its bottom to direct the upper air flow to the beam wing, these fins being under the rear wing. The floor has changed as a result of this modification, also sports markings, like that of the RB18.

A few important changes

If the front part of the Aston Martin AMR22 has not changed, except for special work on the brake scoops depending on the circuit, the rear part of the single seat received a big update during the Hungarian Grand Prix, before the summer. rest.

The rear wing of the AMR22 has actually sported a higher vertical fin on its outer part, where the horizontal planes should normally bend, to prevent the team from placing this type of fin in this location.

But Aston Martin worked on this drift for a long time to ensure its effectiveness, but above all its validity. Indeed, it violates the rules of the code, as it must prevent the team from increasing the influence of single seats.

But the rules are respected as the rules, as this round fin on its upper part respects the instructions placed on this rear wing of the block. This solution should therefore be investigated by other teams, as they were assured by the directors of the Hungarian teams.

What is the result of this development?

If Aston Martin F1 does not have as good a season as expected, the progress made in Spain has been positive. The team is locked in the pack and is playing fast for points, although the second pack of new parts, introduced at Silverstone, has not brought much progress.

Since AMR22 started, Aston Martin has had a difficult qualifying run, notably with seven consecutive eliminations from Lance Stroll in Q1, but he can compete with his direct rivals in the race.

However, the green single seat is still one of the most unconvincing F1 cars on the field, and the team hopes to be able to develop it further before going 100% on the 2023 car. Unless Fernando Alonso arrives next year it does not offer a single seat option. the future as a development priority.