Aston Martin planning 'updates at every race' in 2022

Lance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR22 leaves the pits. 23.04.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 4, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, Sprin
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Aston Martin principal Mike Krack says the team is planning a programme of continuous upgrades across the entire season that should see new components being rolled out for the AMR22 throughout 2022.

It's in response to a tough start to the year which saw them fail to score any points in the first three races in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

The squad finally broke its duck at Imola with both Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll finishing in the top ten, despite the fact that the car itself seemed little improved in terms of speed and performance.

But Krack insisted that they have ambitious plans to get back on track and close the ground to their midfield rivals over the coming weeks and months.

He told the media at Imola including and that they "want to have continuous development and bring updates all the time" rather than gambling on introducing a big package of changes in one go.

Confirming the plan to "bring updates every race," he added: "Sometimes they are a bit bigger, sometimes a bit smaller, but it is important to keep the development alive."

He explained that development was focussed on three main areas. "One is aero, the most important one. Second one is car weight, very important as well.

"The third one is how we can provide better feedback to our drivers," he continued. “We need to try and give the drivers a better feel of the car so that they can extract more from it.

Mike Krack (LUX) Aston Martin F1 Team, Team Principal with Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team. 11.03.2022. Formula 1 Testing, Sakhir, Bahrain

"That goes into the suspension, into the steering, these kinds of things - the set-up of the car."

Krack suggested that it was difficulties in getting a feel for the car out on the circuit that was holding Vettel and Stroll back.

“That's why I think we have so many incidents at various tracks, like for example Melbourne when we see our drivers went off quite a lot," he pointed out. “This is not normal. Frivers of this quality don’t go off all the time.

The team introduced small updates at Imola which Krack said had resulted in "a small step" but insisted this was just the start. "We look forward to making more.

"I think in a couple of races we will be in better shape [but] it would be foolish to say, 'race X or race Y'," he added. "Even if you bring new parts on, you always need to understand them, you need to understand what job you have done.

"Say for example we bring a big package to Miami," he said. "And, I don't know, there is rain or whatever, and we don't make it work.

Lance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR22. 23.04.2022. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 4, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, Sprint

"You've created a lot of expectations and then everybody will consider you have failed. "From that point of view I think it's very important not to say a specific event, especially to the outside world."

And Krack said they weren't planning on developing a 'B-spec' car to take over midway through the campaign.

"Why a B-spec, A-spec, C-spec? It's always a matter of naming, how you define it," he said. "I don't like that definition so much. You create a lot of expectations and you devalue the development you do during the year.

"For me it's important that every race, every session, we try to be better than the previous one, and continue development event by event," he explained. "We have our internal plan; I don't want to go into detail there."

"Obviously at some point in the season we'll have to stop and focus on the next year's car," he acknowledged. "But we're quite far from that at the moment."

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