F1: Fernando Alonso’s new Aston Martin: the “strong evolution” of “a more off-road car” to fight with Red Bull


Aston Martin presented early on Monday the first design created in its brand-new Silverstone facilities, with which it intends to fight for victories against Red Bull. The AMR-24 presents “a quite different appearance” to the single-seater with which Fernando Alonso It climbed onto the podium eight times in 2023 and its main challenge will be to improve its performance on fast circuits, where the AMR-23 showed limitations in terms of top speed.

“This car is a strong evolution from last year and presents quite a different look, with many new parts that give us a solid platform for development,” he said. Dan Fallows, technical director of the British team. After a fantastic start to the World Championship, the performance of the AMR-23 plummeted during the second half of the season, so the priority objective will be to develop the car as fast as its Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari or McLaren.

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“We have focused on greater versatility for a wider range of specific characteristics of the circuits. We want a racing car that is more off-road,” analyzed Fallows, signed in 2022 by Aston Martin after 15 years of experience as a designer at Red Bull. . “The most obvious changes will be the nose, the front spoiler and the suspensions, although the front maintains the same concept and we inherited the rear from Mercedes,” added Fallows. As has happened in the last two seasons, the ground is emerging as a key factor, given that “most of the downforce on these cars comes from that area,” Fallows admitted.

The tyrannical dominance of the team led by Max Verstappen, which in the last World Cup only missed one of the 22 victories on the calendar, does not discourage Aston Martin, whose immediate plan is to hunt them down. “Red Bull is absolutely beatable. That’s what we’re after. We focus on them,” Fallows warned.

In addition, Mike Krack, main team Aston Martin defined the objectives for the new season: “We want to score points regularly, podiums and fight for our first victory in green,” the Luxembourger said.

This same afternoon, the AMR-24 rolled for the first time on the asphalt of Silverstone, with Lance Stroll behind the wheel, while Alonso is expected to take over during the afternoon. The first test before the official pre-season tests, which start on February 21 at the Sakhir circuit, the scene of the first race of the World Championship (March 2).

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