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Aston Martin CEO Otmar Szafnauer says the group is not going to resign itself to an uncompetitive season following its disappointing begin to 2021 in Bahrain.

The group, which as Racing Level received the penultimate race of final yr, left the primary race of the brand new season with a single level.

The AMR01, like its predecessor, shares the ‘low rake’ design philosophy additionally utilized by Mercedes, which provides its energy unit, gearbox and different elements to the group. The pair have suffered extra from low season modifications to the rear bodywork laws than rivals with high-rake vehicles.

Nevertheless Szafnauer insists “there’s extra to come back” from their automotive and says they “haven’t given up on this yr.”

“Now we have discovered issues within the [wind] tunnel and in CFD,” he defined, “so we’ll begin bringing them to the monitor fairly quickly. It’s only a matter of clawing again the deficit that was imposed on us by the FIA by means of their regulation change based mostly on security.

“From speaking to among the different groups, they appear to have made up the complete deficit and we haven’t. And that’s simply due to the completely different aero philosophy we run. So we’ll work onerous to get that executed within the subsequent few races.”

“The modifications had been all made across the rear of the ground across the tyre space in order that’s the place we now have to begin searching for extra downforce,” he added. “So it’ll be rear downforce that we’re trying to enhance. And with that comes higher stability of having the ability to dial in additional entrance wing and the entire thing simply takes off.”

Szafnauer admitted the group had a “impolite awakening” after qualifying in Bahrain. “We realised after analysing the information that the low-rake vehicles had been hampered considerably extra by the regulation change.”

A easy resolution to their lack of efficiency doesn’t exist, he believes. “[For] the primary time ever that I can keep in mind in my 24 years of the game, we’ve needed to homologate the suspension because of the Covid laws. You might solely change it if you happen to really used your [development] tokens on suspension. So even when we wished to run a 150mm rear trip peak, we are able to’t.”

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