Imagine a ‘virtual barrier’ to Aston Martin’s Formula 1 progress

Along with engine partner Mercedes, Aston Martin is among the teams hardest hit by porpoises.

While some competitors have asked for it and Ferrari appears to be able to handle it without compromising performance, Aston has had to raise the car’s height, knocking it out of the perfect aerodynamic window.

“I think we can’t explore the aerodynamic capacity that the car has because of porpoises,” Crack said.

“And that puts a hypothetical barrier to how far we can go. So we can’t really extract the performance the car has, that’s the main problem.”

Crack says the car will be improved in “two races,” which means updates are coming for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

However, he’s hesitant to get too attached to the public announcement of when new parts will hit the track, and what the potential impact of those parts will be.

“I think in two races we will be in better shape,” he said. “It would be foolish to say, in race X or race Y, because even if you introduce new parts, you always need to understand them.

“And you need to understand the job you did. So let’s say, for example, we bring a big package to Miami, and there’s rain or something, and we don’t make it work.

“You create too many expectations, and then everyone will consider that you have failed. Take the enemy [at Imola]We only have one session on Friday, and you’re getting a big update, and you have absolutely no chance to test it, or check if it’s working or not.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

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“From that point of view, I think it’s very important not to say a specific event, especially to the outside world. I mean, we have our internal plans, you’ll understand I don’t want to go into details there. But I think in a couple of races we should be in better shape.”

Crack says the team prefers to provide regular small updates rather than committing to a major package.

“For us, we want to provide updates at every race, so we want to have continuous development, updates all the time.

“Sometimes they’re a little bigger, sometimes they’re a little smaller, but it’s important to keep the development alive and not stop.

“Obviously at some point in the season you have to stop and focus on next year’s car, but we are very far from that at the moment.”

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After the team had four crashes over the weekend in Melbourne, Crack was worried that planned updates to Imola would be delayed due to a manufacturing focus on replacing defective parts.

However, in the end, the team got the new items just in time.

“Basically with a massive effort from the team at Silverstone we managed to not delay the upgrade, and we still have spare parts. We can’t do that every week either. Because otherwise, it’s just massive, unless it gets done.”

Regarding the impact of collisions on the budget cap, he added: “We have to worry, accidents always come up in your calculations. So you shouldn’t have these crashes at every race, otherwise you’ll end up in the dark red too soon.

“Yes, we have this on the radar. It’s still under control. There is provision for such things, but it shouldn’t happen at every race.”

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