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How a mid-season shake-up could aid Ferrari and hinder Aston Martin

The aerodynamic testing rules in Formula 1 will see significant changes for certain teams based on their current success on track.

Alonso Sainz
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Aston Martin's charge up the Formula 1 order is set to be hindered by the next revision to the sport's aerodynamic testing sliding scale.

Teams are restricted on the amount of wind tunnel testing runs and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) hours they can do to develop their car, with the aim of reducing costs and enabling struggling teams to catch up.

The pecking order is based on the championship position at the end of the previous season, and is then reset on June 30 each year to reflect the current order.

First in the standings will have 70 percent of the total allowance, increasing in five per cent increments with each place in the championship, with the tenth-placed team afforded 115 percent.

Below are the changes that will take place after the Canadian Grand Prix, which shows little change to Red Bull's status after dominating the first quarter of the season. Their allowance is further reduced by 10 percent as punishment for their breach of the 2021 cost cap. However, that is set to expire in October.

Aston Martin are set to receive the biggest reduction due to their resurgence in form, which could mean introducing upgrades will happen at a slower rate. After a troubled start to the season, Ferrari will at least receive some advantage by being given more aero testing hours.

*This is based on the current Constructors' Championship order as of June 16, 2023

Number Team (change from previous measuring point) Percentage
1 Red Bull (equal) 63%
2 Mercedes (+1) 75%
3 Aston Martin (+4) 80%
4 Ferrari (-2) 85%
5 Alpine (-1) 90%
6 McLaren (-1) 95%
7 Haas (+1) 100%
8 Alpha Romeo (-2) 105%
9 AlphaTauri (equal) 110%
10 Williams (equal) 115%

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