With Red Bull launching their own investigation into the Aston Martin look-alike AMR22, team principal Mike Krack believes it won’t lead to anything.
Krack has been up against the wall with his fight within Aston Martin as he seeks to gain more performance and pull Aston Martin out of being barely a mid-grid contender. With this objective in mind, the team released a host of large updates to the car for the Spanish Grand Prix. Aston wasn’t the only team to do this, but they were certainly the team that received the most press coverage over their changes.
It looked very similar to the Red Bull RB18, which is now leading both the Constructor Standings and the Driver Standings, and fans were keen to point this out. Despite drawing suspicion from fans, journalists, and the FIA, the latter eventually found the design to be within the rules because of how long the car had been in development.
But this hasn’t stopped Red Bull from continuing their own investigation, with Helmut Marko already telling the press that data of their car had been downloaded. Krack, however, believes this drama has come to an end.
“I do not expect anything more, to be honest. I think we will concentrate on ourselves,” he told Reuters. “I think their investigations will not lead to anything and I think they will have the championship battle to concentrate on.
“We are not really concerned because we haven’t done anything wrong.”
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Krack is feeling optimistic about this new design, adding that they could potentially be much higher up the grid than before:
“We have not even had a third of the season. We can still be world champions mathematically,” he laughed. “We don’t give up. The season is far from being a write-off.
“We have good people, we have made a first step with the concept change and it shows how well the team can analyse and react; it’s not too proud to change direction,” he noted. “I would be surprised if we finished the season where we are now.”
Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll added his optimism about the car:
“I think that with the modified AMR22 there are many more opportunities than the previous version,” he told the press.
“With the launch version we were competitive in some races, like Imola and also in Miami. In fact, in Florida we went in Q3 and also in the points.
“But with this car, last weekend in Barcelona, we really struggled. So I think it’s the nature of the track that makes us go well or not. Maybe we still have to work on the high speed tracks, we are weaker in that type of track. curves, the fast ones.
“On the low-speed corners, on the other hand, the car appears to be much more competitive and I think there are opportunities to further develop the car in both the slow and fast corners thanks to this new design philosophy. This is very positive.”