Aston Martin revealed their latest Formula One vehicle, the AMR24, this Monday. Dan Fallows, the team’s technical director, confidently stated that the team is set on challenging Red Bull’s dominance in the sport.
Dan Fallows, formerly of Red Bull and now leading Aston Martin’s technical efforts, expressed during a video conference with journalists, “We take the approach that Red Bull are absolutely beatable. That’s our target. We’re concentrating on surpassing them.”
Red Bull set a new record last season, winning 21 out of 22 races, with Max Verstappen clinching his third consecutive drivers’ championship in what was the team’s most commanding season to date.
Aston Martin, powered by Mercedes, ended the season in fifth place, initially emerging as Red Bull’s primary competitor in the year’s early stages. Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, achieved podium finishes in four of the first five races.
Upon hearing Fallows’s remarks, Alonso responded with optimism: “It’s a good thing he says that. It put a smile on my face… we have to be optimistic at this part of the season.
“Our first goal is to consistently earn points and compete for podiums as we did last season, and if we can maintain that performance, clinching Aston Martin’s first victory in green would be fantastic, especially if I’m at the helm.”
When questioned about the feasibility of beating Red Bull across an entire season, Fallows acknowledged Red Bull as the performance benchmark. “Our goal is to focus on whoever has the fastest car. Our engineering strategy isn’t limited to individual races; we aim to design a car that’s competitive across all circuits.”
The unveiling of the new car, adorned in traditional racing green, coincided with the launch of Aston Martin’s new Vantage road car and GT3 racer. This vehicle marks the first to be produced in Aston Martin’s new factory in Silverstone and features significant updates in its chassis design, nose, front wing, and suspension aimed at enhancing its overall performance and development potential throughout the season.
Fallows expressed satisfaction with the progress made, stating, “We’re very pleased with the advancements over the winter. We believe we’ve improved upon last year’s model, aligning with our objectives.” He described the AMR24 as a “strong evolution” in their lineup.