Aston Martin presented its new Formula 1 car before the 2021 season, marking the manufacturer’s return to the grid after 61 years of travel

After the Racing Point team was renamed this winter, Aston Martin unveiled the AMR21 at an event on Wednesday and unveiled the much-anticipated new paint job

The team has adopted the British race green color that has long been vexed, while retaining some of the pink elements that Racing Point was known for through sponsor BWT

The four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel appeared publicly with the team for the first time after switching from Ferrari in winter and switched to his new team-mate Lance Stroll

Both drivers will test Aston Martin’s new F1 car for the first time on Thursday when it shakes down on a day of filming at Silverstone

The AMR21 car is an evolution of last year’s RP20 after wholesale development was frozen according to technical regulations to reduce costs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Technical Director Andrew Green said the team’s focus over the winter has been on restoring the downforce lost by the 2021 rule changes and upgrading the rear of the car to Mercedes’ 2020 spec

“The main driver of performance is aerodynamics, so obviously there’s a big push on the aerodynamic side,” explained Green to pick media like autosport

“The regulation change that was made late last year had a big impact on aero performance, and we spent the winter making up for the losses from the regulation changes

“We have now converted the rear of the car to the 2020 chassis supplied by Mercedes

“That was always the plan. So these are the two main areas we focused on over the winter”

Aston Martin will look to build on an impressive year for Racing Point in 2020, with the team finishing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship and taking their maiden win at the Sakhir Grand Prix

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer outlined the goals for Aston Martin in 2021, aiming to continue the late season shape from last year and make the season more consistent

“Unfortunately we had some critical engine failures towards the end, which meant we weren’t getting all the points we could get from this high performing car

“If we can start with the car’s performance where we left off but keep getting better points and being a more consistent scorer, that would be a success for us”

At the highly anticipated start of the season’s Formula 1 team, the changes made by the renamed Aston Martin team go far beyond the eye-catching paint job, but instead of a restart, the team hopes to build on solid foundations

The team, formerly known as Racing Point, successfully bet on a resembling Mercedes in 2020 as it posed a tough challenge to third place in the constructors’ race and the Sakhir GP won Aston Martin’s first Formula 1 – Challenger since 1960, now clad in British racing green, provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new regulations in 2021

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