Just like Mercedes, which Aston Martin copied, Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer believes the regulation changes for 2021 means the team has lost “about a second” in relative performance owing to its design philosophy.
Aston Martin, along with champions Mercedes, have traditionally run a ‘low-rake’ car, featuring a longer wheelbase, resulting in a different design philosophy to most of the other teams, who adopt a ‘high-rake’ concept.
“I think where we’ve lost is the regulation change, it looks like the low-rake runners have lost about a second a lap to the high-rake runners,” said Szafnauer.
“If you look up and down the grid, compare us to Mercedes, I think we’re a tenth closer, but when you compare it to high-rake runners they’ve gained seven, eight-tenths or even a second a lap.
“We haven’t given up on this year, and we have things in the tunnel and the CFD, so we’ll start bringing them to the track pretty soon.
“So it’s a matter of clawing back the deficit that was imposed on us by the FIA through their regulation change based on safety.”
“It was pointed out last year by the low-rake runners that this would have a bigger effect than the high-rake runners and we were correct,” he said.
“At the time the regulations were being made this was being pointed out.”