Aston Martin become first F1 team to announce launch date for new 2022 car

Aston Martin become the first F1 team to reveal the launch date for their new 2022 car, which will be designed according to new technical regulations. F1 pre-season begins in Barcelona in February

Last Updated: 14/01/22 10:56am

Aston Martin are the first to announce their launch date

Aston Martin have announced that they will unveil their new AMR22 car for the upcoming Formula 1 season on February 10. 

The British team are F1’s first to reveal their launch date as they gear up for their second campaign on the grid, which starts in Bahrain on March 20.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll remain partnered in an unchanged driver line-up, while there will be new leadership after Otmar Szafnauer left his position as team principal.

Aston Martin placed seventh in the 2021 constructors’ championship under the ownership of Lawrence Stroll and will be looking to build on that with their new car, which will meet F1’s new technical regulations.

As far as a new team principal goes, Aston Martin said in a recent statement that Szafnauer’s former role “will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed”.

Szafnauer was made team boss in 2018 after the Silverstone-based outfit was taken over by a consortium led by Stroll having originally joined what was known as Force India in 2009.

The statement from the team did not give a reason for the 57-year-old’s exit, but it comes only a day after the publication of an interview in which he spoke enthusiastically about the team’s prospects for 2022.

Testing for the new season gets underway in Barcelona on February 23.

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