Dan Fellows (Aston Martin): Like Alonso Verstappen / Formula 1

Aerodynamicist Dan Fallows, 48, has labored at Red Bull Racing for a few years. He has been technical director of the Aston Martin Formula One racing group since April and sees loads of potential within the Greens.


Aston Martin is without doubt one of the disappointing moments of the 2022 Grand Prix season: the normal English marque is in final place within the Constructors’ Cup, with simply 25 factors from 16 races. Aston Martin has been recruiting for months, a brand new race automobile manufacturing facility is underneath development at Silverstone and celebrity Fernando Alonso has signed on as Sebastian Vettel’s successor for 2023.

Also becoming a member of the ranks is Dan Fallows, 48, who spent years at Red Bull Racing underneath the genius Adrian Newey and was RBR’s senior aerodynamics engineer for seven years. Of course, all Aston Martin followers are questioning: will the group be aggressive subsequent season? Fallows responds on the Aston Martin group web page: “Yes, we’re assured that we’ll make vital progress with the AMR23 mannequin.”

“I say that understanding that we now have tons of of tasks for areas of the race automobile that want enchancment. This applies not solely to form, but additionally to weight or torsional stiffness. It’s all about ensuring our drivers get good gear.”

Fellows is evident about what lies forward for Aston Martin: “Everyone is aware of Fernando Alonso would not beat across the bush in the case of fixing issues. But this isn’t information right here. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll don’t shrink back from criticism. It’s additionally vital as a result of we’d like suggestions to make higher vehicles.”

The Brit admits: “I’ve by no means labored with Fernando, so my data of his work proper now could be what others have informed me. But what everybody says is that the Spaniard has an excellent really feel for his automobile and its limits. I can say the identical about Max Verstappen. Max likes to push his race automobile to the restrict on a regular basis, and that is how we arrange the automobile. I feel it will likely be the identical with Fernando.”

“At the tip of the day, Max and Fernando drive their Formula 1 racing vehicles like go-karts. It sounds just a little unusual for such a high-end automobile, nevertheless it’s true. That’s why we goal to offer Fernando a automobile that feels precisely like that.”

How does Dan Follows view Aston Martin’s progress? “We are very formidable, however there’s a massive distinction between with the ability to show your self in midfield and with the ability to have your say in victories. It takes years, not months. So we now have to be actual. We need to transfer ahead, however we all know it should take time. First we now have to place all of the puzzles of their proper locations.”

“For me, a really attention-grabbing a part of the Red Bull Racing success story has at all times been all the pieces Jaguar has carried out. As monetary assets elevated, technical capabilities elevated, and this path turned richer. What is going on at Aston Martin in the mean time feels just like the early years of Red Bull Racing.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h.
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446s
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), AlfaTauri, +6,396
09. Nick 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 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (PC), Haas, +1 lap
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), McLaren, engine failure
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, lack of water, engine overheating
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, vitality restoration

Championship standing (after 16 out of twenty-two races)

01. Verstappen 335 factors
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04. Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06. Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta is 46 years previous
11. Gasly 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Album 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructor’s Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 545 factors
02. Ferrari 406
03. Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams 6


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