Aston Martin was perhaps the most open of all Formula 1 teams when it came to introducing their newest challenger.
But when the new AMR21 rolled onto the track at the start of test drives in Bahrain, it was clear that the team was already ringing in the changes and showing its ground with some interesting updates.
In order to make up for the power lost due to the introduction of the new regulations, certain parts of the car have to work a little harder aerodynamically.
One such area is the floor section in front of the new diagonal cutout, where everyone is keen to redesign the edge of the floor to make up for the loss of the fully closed holes that had become a design element on all cars up and down the grille .
Aston Martin AMR21 floor detail
Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
If we compare the pictures from the official launch with today’s action on the track, we see that Aston Martin has already installed a new floor with redesigned functions.
First of all, the bottom edge was given additional contouring, which creates several curlicues curved upwards and requires that the flaps mounted above it also have a similar design (red arrows, above).
Meanwhile, the washout fins placed on the bottom around the diagonal bottom cutout and the notch have also been revised, their shape changed and the frequency increased from three to five.
These changes will help offset some of the aerodynamic losses associated with the rule changes as they will divert airflow upstream of the areas directly affected.