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Aston Martin

Red Bull F1 chase hindered by 'super complex' rules

Aston Martin has made a big step forward this year but making further gains will be tough due to F1's 'super complicated' cars

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Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack believes the current generation of Formula 1 cars has become “super complicated” to improve.

New technical regulations came into play last season with ground effect aerodynamics making a return.

But the new rules have been viewed as being too “prescriptive” by some, with little freedom to explore aerodynamic solutions.

Red Bull started last year at the head of the field in battle with Ferrari but has since dominated the sport, winning 29 out of 35 races held since the start of last year.

But Krack has suggested the rest of the field is facing a difficult task to close the gap to Red Bull due to the complexity of navigating the regulations.

“The cars are super complicated or super complex," Krack told media including RacingNews365.com.

"It is really not like just adding downforce. The characteristics... you have porpoising effects, floor loading and stuff like that.

“So I think it has become very, very complex to improve the performance. And it’s also not just a downforce offset. It's also a lot of balance issues that you have.”

Cost cap not a factor

Another major restriction since its introduction has been the budget cap, with teams restricted this year to a $135 million spend.

Some teams are now limited with the amount of resources they can throw at development or risk either running out of budget or exceeding the cap and breaching the financial regulations.

But Krack has insisted it is not an issue for Aston Martin, despite the large step forward already made this term.

“The cost cap, to use cost cap as an excuse not to progress, I think at this stage of the season is a little bit strange," he added.

“But this is not the case for us, you know, so we will try to improve the car further understand these limitations, work on them and try to bring parts and upgrades for the next races that fix them.”

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