BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team looks on prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Vettel: Reaction to B-spec AMR22 is “not fair”

The Aston Martin driver shares his thoughts on the recent controversy.

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Sebastian Vettel has criticised the reaction to Aston Martin’s B-spec AMR22. 

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Sebastian Vettel’s AMR22 in Monaco (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Last weekend in Spain, Aston Martin unveiled their B-spec AMR22. Since the reveal, there have been numerous comments surrounding the design of the car. The majority highlight the similarity it has to Red Bull’s RB18.

The FIA did conduct an investigation into Aston Martin’s new car and cleared the team of any wrongdoing. The Silverstone outfit have also commented on the reaction and shared their reasoning behind having a two-car approach.

Sebastian Vettel has now shared his thoughts on the reaction to the new AMR22, specifically the comments surrounding the name ‘Green Red Bull’. He also spoke about the movement of employees from Red Bull to Aston Martin.

One of the employees is Dan Fallows. He was part of Red Bull’s aerodynamic team and has been the staff member named most in comments regarding Aston Martin.

Vettel’s Comments

Vettel struggled at the beginning of the season due to Covid and first raced in Australia. The AMR22 was not performing as well as other mid-field teams, hence the upgrades that Aston Martin brought.

When speaking to Motorsport.com, Vettel summed up the reaction to the controversial new car as “not fair.” He said that it isn’t fair to “all the effort” that went in to creating and designing the B-spec AMR22, which has been in the works for a long time, as explained by Andrew Green, the Chief Technical Officer for Aston Martin.

Speaking about Fallows, Vettel said “on a personal level to Dan Fallows. I don’t think it was fair. Some things that were said, I think were not right.” He continued to say that he knows Fallows is “a very good guy” as he remembers him from his own time at Red Bull.

“So, some of the things that were said were just not right and I would like to hear that… not an apology, just… well, they will never hear anything… but what I mean is, some of the things that have been said were just not fair.”

Echoing what Andrew Green said, Vettel confirmed that Aston Martin decided to change concepts and move to the B-spec car “around the first race” in Bahrain. He said “the decision as taken very early – I don’t remember exactly but I think before the first race, around the first race.” From then, the team focused on the “new car”.

Stroll’s Comments

Lance Stroll has joined his teammate and also commented on the topic. The Canadian said that “we designed the car” and whilst “parts of it look similar”, the “FIA said it was ok and legal – they let us compete.”

B-spec AMR22’s Performance

Barcelona wasn’t a particularly strong weekend for Vettel and Stroll. Both drivers were out in Q1. In the race, Stroll finished 16th whilst Vettel finished 11th, narrowly missing out on a point.

This weekend is the Monaco Grand Prix. So far, we have only seen the cars on track for FP1 earlier today. In that session, the Aston’s proved stronger than previously, despite the street circuit being new to the 2022 cars.

Vettel went ninth fastest with a lap time of 1:15.387, just 0.856s behind Leclerc, who topped the timesheets. Stroll wasn’t far behind as he placed 12th. FP2 is later this afternoon, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Aston’s perform.

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