Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has always been the venue where Formula One teams present their first major upgrade packages for the cars. Why is this? First of all, because it is the track where the winter testing session usually takes place at the beginning of the season, which means it provides the possibility for accurate comparisons. Secondly, it is easy from a logistical point of view to bring the new parts given the location of the circuit.
As a result, the Spanish Grand Prix certainly offers the first real benchmark of the championship. Therefore, after five rounds of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the technicians will be able to make an initial comparison of the progress made in this first part of the year by evaluating the current data with the one collected back in February.
Red Bull and Scuderia Ferrari have long announced that they would bring an important update package for the Spanish Grand Prix, but of course the other teams will also attempt to introduce significant improvements next week. Among these is Aston Martin.
AMR22: half new car in Barcelona
The Anglo-Canadian team, which struggled in this first part of the 2022 Formula One season, has planned an important upgrade. A step that will greatly change the car, given that, according to what was announced by Aston Martin chief technical officer Andrew Green and German magazine ‘Auto Motor und Sport’, half of the car will be completely new when Formula 1 hits the track in Barcelona.
“At first glance” began the team’s technical director, “the car will differ considerably from the version seen on the track so far. We hope to have also solved the problems arising from the porpoising effect”. – he explained.
Ferrari style concept
The improvements will consist, again according to what was also reported by Spanish media outlet SoyMotor, in a Ferrari-style concept, with solutions that, as Andrew Green confirmed, should also completely eliminate aerodynamic bouncing.
However, there is still some doubt that the team will be able to bring enough parts for both of its cars to the Spanish Grand Prix. If this were the case, the team could decide to use the solutions on just one car (most likely on the Aston Martin car of Lance Stroll), and then equip the other car for the Monaco GP. Andrew Green, however, reassures: “Both versions will be available in Barcelona”.