The AMR23 is the first Aston Martin project overseen by technical director Dan Fallows, who arrived in early 2022 after an extended departure from Red Bull Racing.
Alonso and Stroll will form the Aston Martin driver duo.
Aston Martin is also expected to move to its impressive new Silverstone plant in the coming months.
Aston Martin has unveiled its new car for the 2023 Formula 1 season, which will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, as it sets out to take the next step on its journey.
The Aston Martin name returned to Formula 1 in 2021 after owner Lawrence Stroll rebranded the Racing Point team he controlled.
Stroll has invested heavily in the project and outlined a long-term ambition to fight for the overall title in Formula 1. So far the team has only secured seventh place in a row in the championship, but is aiming to take the next step in 2023.
Aston Martin has been recruiting heavily, with the AMR23 the first project overseen by technical director Dan Fallows, arriving in early 2022 after a sustained departure from Red Bull Racing, with Eric Blandin, the former head of aerodynamics at Mercedes, the his deputy.
The AMR23 features a heavily revised front wing and new sidepods, incorporating a wide internal ramp to channel airflow more efficiently, as well as a revised engine cover that has a more roll hoop inlet. great.
“The design team was adamant that they would tackle these regulations without compromise,” said Fallows.
“We want to move up the grid and start challenging the teams up front, and you can’t do that by sitting back and being careful.
“AMR23 is a significant development of the car that we refined in the second half of 2022 and improved it in every critical area. It optimizes the solutions we believed would give us the best performance and embodies the common vision we have embraced and built together over the last few months.”
Aston Martin is also expected to move into its massive new Silverstone plant in the coming months, the benefits of which should be seen for the first time in the 2024 car, while its new wind tunnel should be operational in time for development of the car. of 2025.
“This year’s move to our new state-of-the-art facility is more than just a serious mission statement – it will considerably strengthen and empower every single individual in this organisation, helping us realize our ambition to narrow the gap in front of the grid and, over time, become true championship leaders,” said Stroll.
“Over the past year, we have demonstrated the determination and conviction needed to move forward
and we built a brand new car to fit our vision and ambition.”
Aston Martin started 2022 slowly, before moving back into the midfield pack, and Team Principal Mike Krack outlined the need to start 2023 on the right foot.
“The second half of 2022 has shown real signs of progress as we have worked hard on developing the car,” Krack said. “For this year, our focus must be on building a car that can fully express its performance potential from the moment it hits the track.
“Making a strong start to the year, and then maintaining that momentum, is necessary if we are to make any further progress towards the front of the grid.”
Alonso and Stroll will form the Aston Martin driver duo. Veteran driver Alonso, World Champion in 2005 and 2006, arrives from Alpine in place of retired Sebastian Vettel.
Despite his advancing years and his status as the most experienced driver in Formula 1 history, Alonso has signed a multi-year contract as he continues his quest for a third title. Stroll continues at a team he has represented since 2019, just months after his father completed the purchase of the deal.
Reigning Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich and Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne, who raced for McLaren in 2017-18, will act as Aston Martin’s test and reserve drivers.
“I think we have to keep our feet on the ground and understand that there are no miracles from one year to the next, and there is a big gap to catch up with the best teams,” said Alonso.
“We must definitely, if possible, lead that midfield and get closer to the top three teams.
“The most important thing for me this year is that this car is the basis for future Aston Martins. I think last year the package struggled a bit, as we all saw from the outside, but by the end of the year they’ve improved a lot.”
Alonso added that the Aston Martin project is “very ambitious” but that he has been buoyed by the atmosphere and excitement since arriving in January.
“I know my time behind the wheel isn’t unlimited, but I’ll try to make this process as short as possible and help as much as possible.”
Stroll is optimistic that Aston Martin can return to the level of performance it showed three years ago when it competed as Racing Point.
“I think the goal this year is to consistently fight for good points every weekend, occasionally get on the podium, I think that’s a good goal,” said the Canadian.
“The last two years have been difficult for us, but in 2020 we were fighting for important points and podiums, and we got a pole.
“I think if we find ourselves in that position, further up the grid, top of midfield and fighting for important positions, I think it would be a successful year for us and a good target for us.”