The new Formula One season is not far away and the car reveals are coming fast.
Next up to reveal their 2022 Formula One car is Aston Martin.
The AMR22 was launched today, Thursday February 10, with drivers Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel in attendance.
Coming on the back of the teams return to the grid in 2021 provided plenty of ups and downs from their first podium in Azerbaijan to qualifying heartache.
Four time world champion Sebastian Vettel said: “I think it is always exciting whenever you have such a big change in the regulations. It is not something that happens often so, as a driver, you always have a bit more curiosity when you come back from the winter break.
“For me, it is year two of a project with big ambition. I see that in everything that is happening around me, especially the investment in resources and facilities. I feel the responsibility to deliver for everyone here and my motivation is very high.
“2021 was not an easy year in terms of the results. Yes, we had some good days, and the first podium for Aston Martin in Formula One, but we all wanted to achieve more.
“I think those difficult moments teach you a lot. I grew close to my team and this is a place where I feel very welcome.
“The relationships, after just one year, are already strong. There is a lot of talent here and those lessons learned in 2021 will only make us a better team.
“I like the look of the new cars and the reasons behind the rule changes all make sense. The cars do look quite different and almost futuristic. The test in Barcelona will be the real eye-opener.
“I always say that your first day in a new car tells you what kind of year to expect and until then my prediction is a bit pointless. What I do know is that our attention has been on 2022 for a long time because new regulations are an opportunity to take a good jump forward.
“But I am sure all teams are thinking the same and we cannot underestimate them. I prefer to be realistic rather than making bold predictions.
“So I am keeping my feet on the ground and I think the favourites remain the same. We will soon find out how good our car is and I hope we can have a nice reward for everybody’s hard work over the last twelve months.”
2022 will provide a new challenge as the teams have to deal with the mass of new regulations that have been brought in to deal with the ‘dirty air’ behind the cars.
Though for Aston Martin this is only one challenge as the team are developing off the track with a new factory and wind tunnel being built at Silverstone.
There is also a new Team Principal as Mike Krack replaces Omar Szafnauer after twelve years with the team.
Canadian driver Lance Stroll said: “I am really excited for 2022. A new season with a new car is one of the best feelings, and I’m looking forward to pre-season testing in Barcelona.
“I have been putting in work on the simulator and preparing myself physically for this season. I’m pleased with my fitness and I’m ready to get back on track.
“Last year was not the year we were hoping for on track, but there were positives too. It was the start of an exciting new chapter for this team.
“Becoming Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula OneTM Team created lots of attention, attracted new partners, and allowed the whole organisation to grow. The new identity gave all the people working at Silverstone a lot of positive energy. To represent Aston Martin in Formula One feels very special for me, too.
“We had our struggles last year, but we had some strong races as well. In Qatar, we had great pace, and we maximised the whole weekend. We need more weekends like that this year.
“Nobody really knows where they stand yet, which is exciting for all of us, and especially the fans, but I believe we will be stronger in 2022.
“The calendar for 2022 looks great and, hopefully, all the races can take place as scheduled. I am pleased to see the Canadian Grand Prix back in June and, with a new race in Miami, it means three visits to North America.
“The pandemic has created a very challenging environment for the whole world, but the return of my home race is a boost for the Canadian fans who have missed out for the last couple of years.”
For Aston Martin fans the AMR22 has been taken for a spin around the iconic Silverstone but to see it put against the other teams fans will have to wait for Barcelona testing at the end of February.