Aston Martin F1 Group Boss Otmar Szafnauer Needs Aero Rule Revision
Aggrieved Aston Martin boss Otmar Szafnauer desires to speak to Method One’s governing physique about altering the aerodynamic guidelines with the season barely began.
The Mercedes-powered workforce argue that delicate regulation tweaks launched this yr have focused low-rake automobiles, like Aston Martin and champions Mercedes, whereas favouring high-rake rivals like Purple Bull.
Excessive-rake automobiles journey larger on the rear whereas these like Mercedes are flatter to the bottom, affecting the airflow beneath.
“I feel the best factor to do is to have the discussions with the FIA and discover out precisely what occurred and why,” Szafnauer advised Sky Sports activities tv.
“We as a workforce need to work onerous to attempt to claw again every thing we are able to however on the identical time we ought to be having the discussions with the FIA to see if something might be executed to make it a bit extra equitable.”
Requested whether or not Aston Martin may in the end think about authorized motion, Szafnauer added: “I feel we get to that time after the dialogue. It’s onerous to foretell. I feel the best factor to do is see what might be executed.”
Aston Martin, competing as Racing Level, completed fourth total in 2020 and began the yr with excessive hopes of difficult for third.
As a substitute, they scored one level with Canadian Lance Stroll in final month’s Bahrain opener whereas 4 instances world champion Sebastian Vettel ended up fifteenth.
Purple Bull boss Christian Horner, whose workforce dominated in Bahrain just for Max Verstappen to complete second behind Mercedes’ seven instances champion Lewis Hamilton, mentioned he was “barely shocked” by the grievance.
“There’s a course of for laws to be launched they usually have been voted by unanimously…” he mentioned.
“It appears just a little naive to assume that immediately the principles are simply going to get modified after the pattern of a single race after the method has been totally adopted. I’m struggling to get my head round that.”
The probability of any mid-season rule change might be successfully dominated out, with such a rare measure permitted solely on security grounds and affecting all groups equally.
Horner, whose workforce have been dominant from 2010-13 earlier than the V6 turbo hybrid engine was launched, mentioned it was the ‘nature of the sport’ for rule adjustments to shift the stability of energy by outlawing some developments and favouring others.
“It’s a part of Method One and the laws evolve and alter and you must swing with these punches,” he mentioned. “That’s Method One.”