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Szafnauer furious about 2021 regulations: “There was never a real vote”

Toto Wolff, Christian Horner and Otmar Szafnauer. Credits: Getty Images.

Aston Martin’s team boss, Otmar Szafnauer admitted he is feeling very disadvantaged by the new regulations and thinks they should have never existed.

After a poor first Grand Prix that suggested Aston Martin would struggle to fight for P3 in the constructor’s championship the same way they did last year, Otmar Szafnauer did not hide his animosity concerning the new regulations.

“I am not a conspiracy theorist, but last year we already indicated that the new regulations would affect us more than teams with a high rake,” says the team boss.

It was not a secret for anybody that last year’s Racing Point was greatly inspired by the Mercedes W10 and that it helped the pink team to have a chance for fighting for P3 in the constructor’s championship. 

However, after the development of some parts of the cars being frozen for 2021, and the aero changes concerning the floors of the single-seaters, Otmar Szafnauer believes that the teams with a high rake have been way more affected than the others. Lewis Hamilton also mentioned this aspect of the new aero rules, saying that they were done to “peg Mercedes back”.

The 56 years-old American added that the new regulations should have never existed as the voting process was not conducted the proper way and that there were only seven teams in favor of the new regulations when there should be eight for the vote to be considered ‘unanimous’.

“There was never a real vote. There was only an indicative vote. In this vote, there were three teams against. Those were the low rake teams [Aston Martin and Mercedes], but there was also a high rake team that voted against! So it was far from unanimous.”

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