Today, Aston Martin Formula 1 (née Racing Point) unveiled its new Formula 1 car, the AMR21, and damn. It's a stunner. And, given what we saw from Racing Point's 2020 challenger, it should be quick, too.
Despite the new livery and new name, the AMR21 is really just an evolution of the Racing Point RP20, with modifications made to accommodate a 2020-spec Mercedes engine and rear suspension. There are aero mods as well, given new regulations for 2021 that attempt to cut downforce. The 2020 Racing Point was mockingly referred to as the "Pink Mercedes" for largely being a copy of the 2019 Championship-winning Mercedes W10. So, I suppose this is now the Green Mercedes.
The bluish-green color pays homage to Aston Martin race cars from the Fifties and Sixties, like the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and Aston's last Formula 1 entrant, the 1960 DBR4. The reddish-pink accent line comes from sponsor BWT.
As with all Formula 1 launch cars, it's unclear if what Aston Martin is showing today is reflective of what they'll actually be racing. F1 teams usually don't show all their cards until pre-season testing. Speaking to Autosport, Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green said that much of the development focus has been on aerodynamics. "The regulation change that came through late last year had a big effect on the aero performance and we spent the winter trying to try to recover the losses from the changes in the regulations," he said. The rest of the work was put towards integrating the new engine, gearbox, and rear suspension supplied by Mercedes.
Racing Point finished fourth in the constructor's championship last year, and the team is looking to improve on that result in its first year as Aston Martin. Expectations are quite high, and with four-time champ Sebastien Vettel in Aston's employ, this will be a team to watch this year. The car will make its on-track debut tomorrow at Silverstone, and it will be first run in anger at pre-season testing in Bahrain later this month. I suspect we won't be the only ones watching this closely, and not just because the car looks so damn good.
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