FORMULA 1 teams have taken drastic measures to speed up their cars – by not painting them.
This year’s models are heavier, from 752kg to 795kg, AND bosses agreed to allow an extra 3kg.
However, many teams leave parts in bare carbon fiber rather than painting them to shave a few grams.
Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Andy Green said: “Weight is a big, big issue.
“These cars are heavy by regulation and it’s a challenge to reach the regulation weight.
“We went through the whole car from front to back and removed the paint wherever we could. I think in total we saved about 350 grams.”
He added: “If I were to guess best then Red Bull and ourselves are probably the most overweight of the top 10 cars.
“And then there are some that are at or just above the weight. That’s quite a lap time advantage or disadvantage.
“But you have to be smart. Some have chosen to go light and they are benefiting from that at the moment.
“I think there is definitely room for improvement and some of the parts that we have on the car that are too difficult to break off.”
Several drivers have spoken about the fact that the weight of the new cars has a noticeable effect on handling.
Sebastian Vettel – who missed the season-opening race in Bahrain after testing positive for Covid – described the cars as “lazy”.
The four-time world champion said: “I think the cars are different to drive, mainly because they are so heavy.
“So you feel the crowd and they feel a little bit lazy. And when you talk to others, everyone has the same feeling.”
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