Mike Krack has detailed how Aston Martin intend to introduce upgrades to their AMR22 throughout the 2022 Formula 1 season, revealing that the plan is to slowly and continuously update the car at every event.
While some teams are taking the approach of holding off updates and introducing a 'package' in one go, Aston Martin's slow start to the campaign means that their approach will see them bid to add performance at each available opportunity.
Even though the British outfit scored their first points of 2022 at Imola, courtesy of eighth place from Sebastian Vettel and 10th from Lance Stroll, there's no doubt that the car is struggling for outright pace at this early part of the season.
It has led to some suggestions that the team could introduce a 'B-spec' machine in a bid to radically overhaul the AMR22, but Krack believes this to be an exaggeration of what they have planned.
"Why a B-spec, A-spec, C-spec? It's always a matter of naming, how you define it," he told media, including RacingNews365.com, at Imola.
"I don't like that definition so much, because you create a lot of expectations and you devaluate the development that you do during the year.
"For me, it's important that every race, every session, we try to be better than the previous one, to continue development event by event, [as] we have done so far."
What is Aston Martin's development plan?
Asked to clarify specifically what Aston Martin's plans are for updating the AMR22, Krack said the intent is to never stop improving it.
"For us, we want to bring updates every race," he explained.
"We want to have a
continuous development and bring updates all the time. Sometimes they
are bigger, sometimes they'll be smaller, but it's important to keep the
development life and not stop.
"Obviously, at some point in the season, we'll have to stop and focus on the next year's car, but we are quite far from that at the moment."
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Aston Martin won't make a fuss about their upgrades
The Aston Martin boss went on to explain that the team have no intent of making a big fanfare about updates as they are rolled out.
Asked whether there's any specific deadline on introductions, or if the team have earmarked a particular race for wider improvements, Krack said the intent is not to try to create any hype.
"I think, in a couple of races, we will be in better shape," he commented.
"It would be foolish to say, '[At] race X or race Y', because, even if you bring new parts on, you always need to understand them, you need to understand what job you have done.
"Say, for example, we bring a big package to Miami, and I don't know, there is rain or whatever, and we don't make it work... you create a lot of expectations and then everybody will consider you have failed.
"Take the Sprint. We have only one session on Friday, [and if] you bring a big update, you have no chance at all to test it or to validate if it works or not.
"From that point of view, I think it's very important not to say a specific event, especially to the outside world. We have our internal plan; I don't want to go into detail there. But I think, in a couple of races, we should be in better shape."
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