After a very positive 2020 season, Aston Martin seems to have been shot down by the new set of aero regulations. After four frustrating races, team principal Otmar Szafnauer calls P3 “a step too far”.

In 2020, Racing point managed to claim a positive P4 in the constructors’ standings after fighting against Renault and McLaren until the very last race weekend in Abu Dhabi for the third place.

During the winter break, the team was extremely positive regarding the 2021 season and even announced aiming to consistently fight for podiums and claim P3 in the constructors’ championship.

However, during the winter testing in Bahrain, reality hit them hard. After basing their 2020 single-seater concept on the Mercedes W10, it seemed like the team was surprised by the behavior of their car after the introduction of the new floor regulations, reducing downforce.

Since then, the Silverstone-based team chained up disappointing results, scoring 5 points after 4 rounds, while their former rival McLaren stands in P3 with 13 times more points.

Szafnauer called for regulation changes multiple times but his requests were not well received by the FIA and the other teams. Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner went as far as to say that it was naive from Szafnauer to think that the regulations would change after his requests.

As Aston Martin is now preparing for the Monaco Grand Prix, it seems like the 56-year-old has abandoned his dreams of a P3 finish, qualifying it as “a step too far” and reducing the team’s objectives to a P5 finish at the end of the season.

“None of us are happy with the situation we’re in,” Szafnauer said.

“We’ve got to be realistic as to what we can do with a frozen car, a frozen rake, and regulations that are significantly changing for 2022.

“So, we just have to be realistic to understand the situation we’re in, and do the best we can with the car and the tools that we have.

“Unfortunately I think P3 is probably a step too far.

“We will fight hard in the midfield to see how high we can go. But yeah, we’d like to be in the top half by the end of the year.”

“For sure there’s always pressure when you’re not achieving where you thought you were going to achieve. But like I said, we all have to be realistic and do what we can, without compromising the 2022 program.”

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