Aston Martin admit they do not assume their car has “more pace than previously” after double-point finish in Imola

Aston Martin F1 Team Boss Mike Krack says their team did not discover any new performance levels in the Imola Grand Prix.

Mike Krack
Aston Martin's boss, Mike Krack

Ever since Aston Martin signed four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel to join their team, they have been promising great results for their fans. But in 2021, the team did not deliver as well as many motorsport enthusiasts thought they would, earning the 7th spot in the Constructors’ Championship standings with only 77 points, behind their midfield rivals Alpha Tauri and Alpine.

But going into 2022, Aston Martin showed promise with the unveiling of their new car–the AMR22. The team is now headed by Mike Krack, who joined as the Team Boss after their former Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer resigned from his position to join rival team Alpine before the new season of Formula 1 had even started.

Aston Martin opened their scorebook with the twin top-10 finish in Imola as the team had a disastrous result in the first three races of the season. Aston Martin recruit Sebastian Vettel missed out on the opening race in Bahrain and the race in Jeddah as well, because of his COVID-19 diagnosis. Nico Hulkenberg chipped in as the replacement for Vettel, but he could not get into the points. In the Imola Grand Prix, Aston Martin showed a great performance as both Vettel and Stroll scored points finishes–and the team now stands at the 9th position in the Championship standings.

Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack says their car did not have any newfound speed in Imola

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll's reported salary is $10 million
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll’s reported salary is $10 million

Aston Martin had an abysmal start to the all-new 2022 season with no points in their book in the first three races. But during the first Sprint weekend of the season in Imola, both the drivers felt quite confident about their race pace and they ended up with points finishes in the Main Race on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel scored 4 points for coming 8th while Lance Stroll achieved the 10th spot in the standings.

Speaking about their performance in the Imola Grand Prix, Aston Martin Boss Mike Krack said, “We’re happy, obviously, because we managed in difficult conditions on Friday and today to bring the car back in a better shape than it is by pace.

He further said, “So I think the drivers and the team did a very good job there, in timing the stops right, in putting into action what we have learned yesterday from dry running. I don’t think that there is more pace in the car than previously.

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at FirstSportz. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport. She is a proud McLaren fan who eagerly awaits the paddock's visit to Spa Francorchamps and hopes to attend the Monaco GP one day. A student of medicine, whenever she's not fawning over Daniel Ricciardo or rooting for Max Verstappen to become the next World Champion, Riddhi's either busy reading thrillers, debating, or playing with her six feline friends.