Formula 1: First look at Aston Martin's AMR24 for F1 2024 season
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Aston Martin have become the latest team to show off their new car for the 2024 season.
Following on from Haas, Williams, Kick Sauber, Alpine and RB, it was Aston Martin’s turn to launch with a special presentation from their Silverstone headquarters on Monday morning.
Owner Lawrence Stroll, Team Principal Mike Krack, Technical Director Dan Fallows and drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll were all on hand for the unveiling of the AMR24, which once again sports a British racing green livery.
Aston Martin will head into the new campaign hoping to make a similar start to 2023, when a productive winter of development saw them shoot up the pecking order and emerge as Red Bull’s nearest challengers.
However, the added challenge for 2024 will be to achieve this level on a consistent basis, having gradually faded away as last season wore on – rival teams making significant steps while some of Aston Martin’s updates failed to hit the target.
Reflecting on the launch of the AMR24, and setting out broad expectations for the year ahead, Krack said: “We have tried to focus on all areas of our predecessor, the AMR23, which had a great season, full of positives, last year.
“But then we have not left any stone unturned. We have really tried to look at every area, be it the car, be it the operations, be it reliability, to make a step forward in all directions.
“It has been very intense over the couple of months since we finished the [last] season and we hope we have done enough. We are sure that we will have a strong contender.”
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As for what’s new on Aston Martin’s latest challenger, Fallows added: “We have managed to make a step on last year’s car. We’re very pleased with what we’ve been able to achieve.
“Really, it’s the first step, and this season we want to make sure we’ve got a good platform for development. That’s what we’ve been really focusing on and I think we’ve managed to achieve that.
“We’ve made changes all over the car. It’s very different in many ways and the majority of the parts have changed on it. But it is really still essentially a strong evolution of last year’s car, so we have kind of built on the end of AMR23.
“The obvious things you’ll see that are different are things like the front nose and front wing, the bodywork is different, but there’s also quite a lot under the hood which hopefully you won’t see! We will obviously try and keep some of that under wraps.”
F1’s ‘launch season’ will continue at pace this week as Ferrari present their new car on Tuesday, followed by Mercedes and McLaren hitting the track on Wednesday and Red Bull staging their 2024 reveal on Thursday.
Coincidentally, it is those four teams Aston Martin will be hoping to mix it with more frequently in 2024 as they aim to improve on their fifth place classification in last year’s constructors’ standings.