In the round-up: Aston Martin plan to carry the momentum from their strong start to the 2023 season into next year.
Aston Martin already have 2024 in their development sights
Aston Martin’s strong start to the 2023 season, including four podiums from the first five grands prix, has freed up to think about next year’s car earlier than usual.
The design and development of the chassis they create for next season is unlikely to start until after the team moves into its new factory, which is due to begin this month. The team’s technical director Dan Fallows says looking forward to continuing the development of this year’s Aston Martin AMR23 into its successor as soon as he can.
“We definitely want to start next’s year car as early as we possibly can. The game really for us is to make sure that we don’t sacrifice this year’s car,” he said.
“Inevitably it will be a form of evolution of this year’s car. So everything we can do to get data, to get updates on this year’s car will certainly inform it. But yes, we will be looking to start as early as possible.”
With no major rules changes confirmed yet for the 2024 season, the AMR23’s successor will be an “evolutionary step”, says Fallows. However he said the team “don’t want to be any less aggressive with the way we go about developing this car than we were going into this year.”
Alpine’s Doohan fastest on first day of F2 testing
Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan was fastest on the first day of Formula 2’s in-season test at Barcelona, which concludes this Friday.
The two Wednesday sessions marked the first time that drivers were able to experience the new configuration of the circuit which removes the final chicane. As a result, lap times were significantly faster than in previous years, and Alpine junior Doohan led the way by 0.447 seconds over Prema’s Ferrari junior Ollie Bearman.
Frederik Vesti (Prema), Enzo Fittipaldi (Rodin Carlin) and Amaury Cordeel (Virtuosi) filled the next positions. Sixth overall was Campos Racing’s Kush Maini, with the time which put him on top at the end of the morning session.
There were two red flag stoppages during the day, caused by MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger going into the gravel in the morning and Carlin’s Zane Maloney spinning in the afternoon.
F1 Academy stays in Valencia for extra test days
The Formula 4-spec F1 Academy series followed up their races in Valencia last weekend by testing at the track this week.
Campos driver Nerea Marti who set the pace, lapping fastest in all four sessions. However she finished the test with a gap of just 0.018s to MP’s Hamda Al Qubaisi. ART Grand Prix’s Lena Buhler was third fastest, and Prema’s championship leader Marta Garcia was fifth having covered the most laps of anyone.
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