How Fallows and Blandin have taken Aston Martin to new heights together

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How Fallows and Blandin have taken Aston Martin to new heights together

Aston Martin has made a good choice in signing Dan Fallows and Eric Blandin. The team, overseen by Lawrence Stroll, has had an undeniably good start to the racing season. According to Tom McCullough, performance director at Aston Martin, ‘Fallows and Blandin are the drivers of that. McCullough explains to Speedcafe, among others, how Aston Martin climbed from seventh place in the standings in 2022, to joint second in 2023.

Aston Martin is off to a flying start to the 2023 racing season. New signing Fernando Alonso has secured a podium finish in both races and team-mate Lance Stroll has also scored world championship points, despite his cycling accident just before the first race weekend. Still, according to performance director McCullough, most of this is due to the acquisitions Fallows and Blandin.

Aston Martin signings took team to new heights

Team owner Lawrence Stroll has made a lot of investments to make Aston Martin more competitive. For example, he doubled his staff over the summer and built new factories. That also involves attracting Fallows and Blandin. Fallows has moved from Red Bull Racing, where he was chief aerodynamics engineer for eight years. At Aston Martin he is now the technical director. Blandin was also chief engineer in aerodynamics, but he previously worked at Mercedes.

McCullough praises Fallows and Blandin’s partnership at Aston Martin. “The car was first supervised by Andrew Green,” says the Briton, who then adds that Green has taken a step back at Aston Martin. “After that, Fallows and Blandin took over and they were very pleased with Green’s setup.” According to McCullough, the two aerodynamics engineers then handled the rest of the development. “We were already well underway, but these two have taken it to new heights.”

McCullough: ‘We’re doing it the Aston Martin way’

According to McCullough, it is also because Fallows and Blandin brought with them knowledge and experience from the top teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes. “They have both worked for a long time with the best teams in Formula 1,” says the British director, “but they do bring their own touch.” McCullough is adamant that the Aston Martin car is a concept of its own and not blatantly a copy of Adrian Newey’s RB19. “We do it the Aston Martin way here,” said McCullough.

What exactly the Aston Martin way is is easy to explain, according to McCullough. ‘We listen to each other, everyone has the opportunity to say something,’ says the British director. ‘That way we get a better idea of ​​what we can improve.’ According to McCullough, it was clear from the start that Fallows and Blandin were a perfect fit for Aston Martin. “They love their job and it really shows with us now. It’s great to see and it’s well deserved that it shows up on the track like that.’

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