However, despite the fact that it was unable to defeat its rival on countback, the fact that it was even able to compete was impressive Avoided the difficult start to its year.
The British manufacturer’s 2022 campaign proved to be a season of ups and downs, as it abandoned its launch sidepod concept design early on because it was unable to achieve the desired performance avoided.
The first way Aston Martin interpreted the regulations for 2022 was to use a high-waisted, completely undercut sidepod with a square inlet and a slew of cooling gills along the back of the bodywork.
As can be seen in the images of the launch, Aston Martin was the first team to use a bib wing on its vehicle, which many teams used in 2022.
The replacement of the lower corner of the inlet with a corner with less radius (red arrow) has an effect not only on the flow into the inlet but also around the undercut of the bodywork.
Aston Martin fitted the AMR22 with a much lower downforce back wing for the Saudi Middle Eastern Great Prix, with a more profound focal part and shallow external piece making a more forceful spoon-molded plan than its higher downforce partner.
For the Australian Grand Prix, a third-spec rear wing that was in the middle of the pack when it came to downforce was unveiled. The wing was the first in quite a while suite to highlight to a greater degree a conventional mainplane, as opposed to the spoon-molded ones that the new guidelines are more appropriate for.
When it came to the winglets that were mounted on or around the halo, Aston Martin used a number of different approaches. In various ways, each of these contributes to the redistribution of flow around the car.
The AMR22’s bodywork was completely redesigned after the Spanish Grand Prix, and the team decided to follow Red Bull’s lead and drop its high-waisted sidepod
However, as the sidepod’s inlet section remained square rather than adopting the open top design found on its rivals’ vehicles, it was either unable or unwilling to fully incorporate the design.
a long-term partnership
The W13 did not improve through testing because of its fundamental issues, which were evident from its first run. The eight-time constructors’ champions arrived at the Bahrain test with striking sidepods that were so thin they were almost invisible. When they failed to deliver the anticipated gains, they were alarmed.
Hamilton qualified fifth on the grid to begin the season in Bahrain, behind all four of them, proving that the car lacked the speed of the Ferrari and Red Bull. To be sure, keeping the remainder of the midfield behind demonstrated a test for the primary portion of the time.
Despite the W13’s lackluster performance, Hamilton achieved his best result by unexpectedly finishing second to Ferraris on the podium due to Red Bull’s double failure late in the race. But Mercedes was aware that they had a long way to go before they could fix the core issues with their new ground effect car, and they needed to find a way to fix their aerodynamic porpoising and lack of downforce if they were even going to try to compete for the championship this year.
worked through a long list of Experimental settings and parts to help the Brackley team figure out how to fix their problems.
However, Hamilton continued to compete over these first few weekends, and his performance in Jeddah may have been his worst of the season. He started the race in tenth place after missing the first stage of Qualifying, missed a chance to pit under Virtual Safety Car, and finished five places behind Russell with the final point.