Aston Martin have strengthened their strategy unit by promoting a former Red Bull simulation developer as their head of race strategy.
After leaving Alfa Romeo as a strategy engineer for the Swiss team, Peter Hall joined the Aston Martin team in August of 2020 just after that season had gotten underway amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hall had previously been with Aston Martin in an engineering placement in 2011, and spent two months working with the Silverstone-based team under one of their previous guises as Force India.
The Briton spent three years at Red Bull in their simulation department before his switch to the Sauber Group in 2017.
Having gone full circle by returning to the team with whom he gained his first F1 experience, Hall is delighted to be promoted to the role at Aston Martin.
“Absolute dream come true to be able to say I am taking up the position of Head of Strategy at Aston Martin,” he said.
“Looking forward to helping the team continue their journey towards the front of the grid.
“Thanks for their continued faith in me. The future is looking exciting!”
Aston Martin had a mixed weekend in Baku, with Lance Stroll retiring from the race having twice crashed in qualifying, while Sebastian Vettel out-qualified the Canadian for the fifth time this season as he started in the top 10.
After jumping Sir Lewis Hamilton in the pit stops, the German tried to make a move stick on the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, but went straight on at Turn Three, giving the position back to the seven-time champion as Yuki Tsunoda also got back ahead.
Vettel would go on to finish the race sixth, but it might have been a little more had it not been for his earlier mistake.
“I don’t know, I think Lewis in fairness, with race pace, they were faster,” he told Sky Sports when asked if fourth was on the table.
“So, in the beginning he was sort of stuck, we managed to pip them in the pit stop which was really good for us.
“Maybe if I had jumped Esteban the first go, because then I would have been able to pull the gap because Lewis had worst straight-line speed than us and the Alpine was faster.
“He took so long to get by, so maybe but I think more fifth, the fight with Pierre probably is more realistic but I think it’s still a decent amount of points so really happy.”
Vettel’s eight points in Azerbaijan moves him up to 14th in the Drivers’ Championship.