48-year-old aerodynamicist Dan Fallows, who worked for Red Bull Racing for many years, has been the technical director of the Aston Martin Formula 1 racing team since April, and sees a lot of potential in the green.
Aston Martin is one of the 2022 Disappointments of the Grand Prix season: The traditional English marque is only penultimate in the Constructors’ Cup, with just 25 points from 16 races. Aston Martin has been bringing on additional staff for months, Silverstone’s new race car factory is under construction and superstar Fernando Alonso is set to join the team in 2023. signed as Sebastian Vettel’s successor.
Also joining the ranks is Dan Fallows, 48, who spent many years at Red Bull Racing under the brilliant Adrian Newey and was RBR’s chief aerodynamics engineer for seven years. Of course, the question for all Aston Martin fans is: will the team be more competitive next season? Fallows says on the Aston Martin team page: “Yes, we’re confident we’ll make great progress with the AMR23.”
“I say this knowing that we have hundreds of projects going on in those areas of the race car that need to be improved.” It is not only the shape, but also the weight or torsional stiffness. It’s all about giving our drivers a better tool.
Fallows makes it clear what lies ahead for Aston Martin: “Everyone knows that Fernando Alonso is no slouch when it comes to solving problems. But there is nothing new here. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll also do not shy away from criticism. And it’s also important because we need this feedback to make a better car.
The Brit admits: “I’ve never worked with Fernando, so my knowledge of his work at the moment is what others have told me. But what everyone says – the Spaniard has a great gift for feeling his car and its limits. I can say the same about Max Verstappen. Max likes to constantly push the race car to the limit, and that’s how we set up the car. I think it will be the same with Fernando.
“At the end of the day, Max and Fernando drive their Formula 1 racing cars like go-karts.” That sounds a little strange for such a high-end vehicle, but it’s true. So we’re going to give Fernando a car that feels just like that.
How does Dan Fallows view the rise of Aston Martin? “We are very ambitious, but there is a huge difference between being able to establish yourself in midfield and having an impact on victories. It takes years, not months. So we have to be realistic. We want to move forward, but we know it will take time. First, we need to put all the pieces of the puzzle in the right places.
“The really exciting part of Red Bull Racing’s success story for me has always been how things have evolved from Jaguar. As financial resources increased, more technical opportunities became available, and it was enriching to take this path. What’s going on at Aston Martin right now is reminiscent of Red Bull Racing’s early years.
Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza
01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 hrs.
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446 sec
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3,405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5,061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5,380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6,091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6.207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +6,396
09. Nyck de Vries (NL), Williams, +7.122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7,910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8,323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8,549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 Rde
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 Rde
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Rde
It’s coming out
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, engine problems
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, water loss, engine overheating
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, energy recovery
Championship status (after 16 of 22 races)
01. Verstappen 335 points
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04. Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06. Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Ocon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Bott 46
11. Gasly 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Vettel 20
14. Ricciardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Albon 4
20. DeVries 2
21. Latif 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0
01. Red Bull Racing 545 points
02. Ferrari 406
03. Mercedes 371
04. Alpių st. 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34