Szafnauer has blamed the rule tweaks for the crew’s lack of competitiveness because the finish of final season, when as Racing Level it was an everyday podium challenger and took victory within the Sakhir GP.
Racing Level adopted the Mercedes low-rake idea for its 2020 automotive and was dedicated to it for 2021 as a result of chassis freeze and token system, which restricted adjustments over the winter.
The FIA launched a bundle of aero adjustments, notably involving the ground forward of the rear wheels, in an effort to trim downforce ranges for this season.
Szafnauer believes that the brand new guidelines deprived the low-rake runners greater than the groups that observe the high-rake idea.
Mercedes bounced again from a poor check to win final weekend’s Bahrain GP, however the Brackley-based crew has clearly misplaced any benefit it had over essential rival Pink Bull in 2020.
Aston Martin struggled for tempo all through, and will handle solely a 10th place end via Lance Stroll.
“I am not a conspiracy theorist,” mentioned Szafnauer. “However it was identified final yr by the low-rake runners, that this might have an even bigger impact than on the high-rake runners.
“And we have been right. On the time, the rules have been being made this was identified.”
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
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Szafnauer denied the suggestion that the groups had voted unanimously to assist the regulation adjustments.
“No. Primary, there was by no means a vote. Quantity two, there was an indicative vote. In order that was simply on the technical beneath committee [working group], that each one the technical administrators needed to have an indicative vote, and three groups voted in opposition to it.
“You have to bear in mind solely two groups have a low-rake idea. So even one of many high-rake groups voted in opposition to it. So nowhere close to unanimity. And it would not have even handed on the eight out of 10 rule. As a result of three voted in opposition to.”
Concerning the crew’s present kind, he added: “In race situations we have been a bit extra aggressive than we have been over one lap.
“However in comparison with the place we have been only a few months in the past right here, earlier than the regulation change I imply, we have a whole lot of a whole lot of work to do.”