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Exclusive: Why Aston Martin are confident of more to come

In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows explains the "aggressive" evolution behind the team's 2023 F1 car.

Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows believes that the team's 2023 F1 car offers an opportunity for further development as the squad look to move up the pecking order. The AMR23 caught the eye of many during pre-season testing, with Fernando Alonso putting in some impressive laps behind the wheel of the outfit's new challenger. In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com , Fallows detailed the "aggressive" development process behind the car. "It is definitely an evolution of last year's car, but a sort of aggressive evolution of it," Fallows explained. "There are reasonable limitations to these rules, but we were able to find some fairly substantial gains in a lot of areas, not only aerodynamic but also mechanical as well, compared to the last car."

How Aston built on 2022 momentum

Fallows thinks that it was logical for Aston Martin to continue with the development path from their 2022 car, the AMR22. "Obviously, having a car developed around two different concepts is never going to give you the best platform," he continued. "Being able to design a car from scratch, to be able to do everything with following one individual concept, was a great benefit, I think. "Also, there was a lot of momentum from last year because we made quite a significant amount of progress in the second half of the season, so [it has been] carrying that on. "Where we are now, I don't know, but I think we have seen that it is definitely a big step from where we were last year, and that's the main thing we were aiming for really."

Main areas of improvement for Aston Martin

When asked about the main areas of improvement from the 2022 car, Fallows explained: "One thing that you're particularly keen on, particularly in testing, is that your car can be consistent and reliable. "But also dealing from a point of view of the driver getting in it, being able to do what you want, changing fuel levels, changing tyres, [where] the driver can still extract good lap times out of it. "That's a real benefit, so that's something that we're always looking for at the start of the season." Fallows sounded an optimistic note for the possibility of more to come from Aston Martin's car. "I think, gratifyingly, this car – wherever we end up in the competitive order – it is something that we see as quite a good platform for development," he added.

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