The first pictures of the Spanish Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, have shown the Aston Martin AMR22 in its second edition. English Formula 1 racing is now a rafting sport which soon earned it the nickname “Red Bull Green”.
The Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona is traditionally the calendar round that allows teams to make their first big changes to their individual seat. Aston Martin has announced the arrival of the B version of the AMR22, and it is, in fact, changing drastically.
Thus, the rear has nothing to do with the first single-seat version, as this iteration abandons the wide, raised floats in the rear of it. Instead, the AMR22 receives all-round floats similar to the Red Bull RB18!
There is a very advanced and high air intake, a hollow bottom that allows the top to float, and above all, we can notice a double blister on both sides of the legs.
It has so far been a feature of the RB18, but the similarities don’t stop there. The nostrils, once imposed and positioned on the horizontal part of the pontoon, go up to the top of the hood … as in the Red Bull.
Finally, the floor hatch is also very close to the RB18, with two vertical fins at the front and the same cutouts and waves at the end of the floor. The rear of the latter is necessarily different, since it depends on the suspension and diffuser of each of the individual seats.
It’s hard to believe that Dan Fallows, the former Red Bull aerodynamicist turned technical director of Aston Martin, could have been involved in what is practically plagiarism. He was dismissed by Red Bull early last year, and only joined Aston Martin in April of this year.
Moreover, the first version of the RB18, seen during the first two days of winter testing in Barcelona, did not have this double blister on the side of the legs. So we can imagine that the engineers at Aston Martin, already responsible for the pink Mercedes in 2020 with Racing Point, have brought out their best cameras yet!
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