After a difficult start to the year the former Racing Point team showed much improved form in Monaco, where Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and Lance Stroll eighth. Aston Martin lost much of the momentum that it had established at the end of last season as a result of the changes to aerodynamic rules introduced for this year. This had led the owner, Lawrence Stroll feeling the need to state that the team is making their way back into the 2021 F1 season.
Lawrence Stroll said the dip in performance at the start of the season did not have a negative impact on the much-publicized move to the Aston Martin name.
“I don’t think it took away from the rebranding and that excitement,” he said as per Motorsports. “That’s been phenomenal. We see it through fan engagement.”
“Aston Martin Had a difficult start to the season, but now are making their way back”: Lawrence Stroll
Lawrence Stroll stated, “We had a difficult start to the season, we were dealt a bad hand with the rule changes, cutting the floor, which really hurt the low-rake cars. Us and Mercedes both lost close to a second a lap versus our competitors.”
He added, “So we’re trying to claw our way back and never give up, and we keep bringing bits to the car to try and get back to where we should be.
“I don’t think we can get back to last year’s performance, because then we’d have to give up focus obviously on the ‘22 car. It’s a fine balance. But we’ll fight right to the end.”
Stroll said the team has moved on from the controversy over how the aero rule changes came about, and instead is focusing its efforts into bringing new updates across 2021.
Aston Martin has introduced an updated floor and reworked sidepods over the course of the season so far to compensate for the rules changes implemented for the start of the year.