Aston Martin have officially launched their 2023 challenger, the AMR23, at their Silverstone base as their plans for the new season take shape.
Lance Stroll was joined by his new team-mate in Fernando Alonso in unveiling the 2023 car at the team’s new factory, which is getting built on the same complex as the team’s current home – which has played host to ‘Team Silverstone’ in its various guises since it began as Jordan in 1991.
But the AMR23 will be the next step on the team’s journey that it hopes will take them to the front of the Formula 1 field, with team owner Lawrence Stroll having invested heavily in getting their new facility built and completing a host of hires from around the paddock.
The signing of two-time World Champion Alonso to replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel was another statement of intent from Aston Martin, with the team willing to provide the Spaniard a multi-year deal where former team Alpine were playing their cards closer to their chests during negotiations.
Aston Martin have finished seventh in each of the previous two seasons in the Constructors’ Championship, albeit doing so after a solid recovery in the second half of 2022 as their performance improved, having been languishing just above Williams in ninth as the sport took its summer break.
They missed out on sixth to Alfa Romeo on countback in the end after Valtteri Bottas’ season-high finish of 5th at Imola, but they go into this year doubtless looking to climb further, with the team having finished fourth in the Constructors’ standings in 2020 while they were known as Racing Point.
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With the AMR23 now having been launched, Aston Martin – once again decked out in British Racing Green – will look ahead with optimism for the year ahead.
Executive chairman Lawrence Stroll and team principal Mike Krack offered their thoughts on stage at the launch, before Alonso and Lance Stroll made their way on stage as the Union Jack cover was pulled away from the AMR23 as it was unveiled to the world.