The team highlights that the AMR24 is a progressive evolution of the previous year’s model, a car which was initially in contention for regular top-three finishes but encountered substantial competition from rivals halfway through the season.
For perspective on the success of the 2023 season, Aston Martin ranked fifth in the championship contest, lagging 22 points behind McLaren, 126 behind Ferrari, 129 from Mercedes, and trailing Red Bull by 580 points.
Despite this significant distance from the lead, Aston Martin‘s Technical Director, Dan Fallows, maintains an optimistic perspective going into the new season. He’s confident that valuable insights were gained during the 2023 campaign and trusts that Red Bull‘s competitors will shrink the time gap to the lead.
Dan Fallows emphasizes the reality of Formula One‘s current competitive state, saying, “I think, inevitably, when you have a team that’s doing as well as Red Bull have done since 2022, there will be some kind of convergence on their solutions.” He adds that finding a visually distinctive design between the cars of various teams is a challenging feat given current regulations. Thus, the convergence of their designs is inevitable.
“I think what’s in many ways more interesting is the convergence in lap times that we’ve seen — people are getting very close. We’re really into finding lap time now from things that are smaller details, the more kind of detailed elements of the floor and other parts of the car. But there’s still a lot of lap time to come,” Fallows added.
“We take the approach that Red Bull are absolutely beatable. That’s what we’re chasing after; we’re focusing on them, and that’s what we’re aiming for”, says Fallows, further displaying his optimistic spirit.
Despite a disappointing progression relative to their competitors in 2023, Fallows is confident that Aston Martin managed to develop a strong direction for the AMR24 during last year’s campaign.
“We’re always looking to improve and learn, and I think when we look at the trajectory of last season, we gave ourselves some challenges and we’ve managed to solve them,” Fallows expressed. “So, we have kind of built on the end of AMR23.”
He added that they ended on a high note, overcoming midseason issues and securing a podium in Brazil. Fallows believes this momentum will carry over into the new racing season.
Aston Martin is keeping Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at the wheel for this season. The mechanical heart of the AMR24 continues to throb with a Mercedes engine, and certain rear suspension parts and gearboxes remain Mercedes parts.
The most noticeable changes are found in the AMR24’s nose and front wing, according to Fallows, who also highlighted that many progressive improvements have been made beneath the car’s skin.
“We’ve made changes all over the car,” he confirmed. “The majority of the parts have been altered to some degree. There’s also quite a lot of stuff under the hood, but we will obviously try and keep some of that under wraps.”
Regarding the suspension modifications, Fallows remarked, “We’ve inherited new rear suspension from Mercedes, including the gearbox and the structure of the rear suspension. So, the rear shows significant improvements, while the front largely remains the same.”