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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

The F1 engineer-driver reunion that could cause a surprise in 2022 

As a new technical era dawns in F1, an old partnership is being rekindled at Aston Martin - new team principal Mike Krack engineered Sebastian Vettel in his first F1 tests with BMW-Sauber. BEN EDWARDS looks at the opportunities that may ensue

The unpredictability of new rules adds relish as we build up to the new season. Thirteen years ago, the Brawn GP team created an aerodynamic masterpiece under revised regulations. Having finished ninth in the constructors’ championship in 2008 as Honda, the re-jigged outfit with off-the-shelf Mercedes power took Jenson Button to his only world title, while Ross Brawn’s crew completed their journey from misery to ecstasy, carrying off the constructors’ trophy too.

McLaren and Ferrari had dominated the previous two seasons, but both suffered. Separated by just a single point at the end of the year, adding their scores together didn’t even match the points accrued by another surprise outfit at that time: Red Bull.

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