Szafnauer says Aston Martin is not finished preparing for 2022 regulations

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 04: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan driving the (22) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02 Honda leads Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer said that Aston Martin is yet to finish its efforts to prepare for the 2022 season and the new set of regulation changes, and has said they are learning from Mercedes.

Mercedes was the result of a rebranding of the Brawn GP team, a championship-winning team born from the remnants of Honda, led by Ross Brawn. Despite the race-winning success of Brawn GP, Mercedes was fairly unsuccessful till 2014, and they got their first win under the new name only in 2013.

Szafnauer said that Aston Martin has realistic expectations and that they do not expect success before the anticipated timeline of four to five years. Aston Martin has been on a hiring spree recently and the team boss said they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 2022 season.

“At 550 employees, it’s a sprinkling of everywhere that we have to hire in. We have to hire like-minded individuals, quite a few of them, probably another 200 until we are right-sized. But it’s in all areas — in areas of performance, in areas of manufacturing, in the operations areas to make sure we are efficient, and now with the financial regulations even in areas where we can understand and plan for the financial regulations a bit better,” Szafnauer explained.

“Even Mercedes — who bought Brawn, who were world champions — it took them another four years to win. So it’s just what it takes when you have the goal, the ambition, the objectives, and the funding to put the infrastructure in place as well as the correct people and then challenge for the world championship.

“We are working hard on next year and we will do our best to win the world title next year,” he concluded.

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