Fernando Alonso‘s Aston Martin team had anticipated a challenging race at Monza, given the lacking performance of their AMR23 in such circuits. This was evident in Alonso’s 10th place in qualifying, his lowest grid position this season.
Alonso, known for his aggressive driving despite the challenges, still managed to secure the ninth position in the Monza Grand Prix. While this matched his worst performance for the year alongside Hungary, it also allowed him to maintain his streak of scoring in all events thus far.
Reflecting on the race, he expressed, “Obviously many, many lessons we need to take from this race. We were not competitive, that’s the main focus for us, to try to understand in this type of circuit what we need to do differently into the future, also next year when we come here.”
The Spanish driver admitted there wasn’t much to boast about their race performance. “Race-wise there is not much to talk about, we were slow from the beginning to the end, and it was not possible to fight better than ninth. So we take these points, but hopefully many lessons.”
Commenting on the frustration of handling a non-competitive car, he stated, “It is frustrating because it was a very demanding race mentally and physically to drive the car that was, with very low grip, tricky to drive. It is indeed one of the most difficult races of the year.”
Despite the disappointing outcome, he remains hopeful for the future – “And it’s the worst result, so it’s going to be an anonymous race and no one will remember this. But I will do it in my head, because it has been a tough one. But as I said, hopefully good lessons that we take from here on the car or the data that we have from the race, and we get better next time.”
Offering insights into their shortcomings, Alonso shared, “I think the car and the efficiency of the car maybe is not as good as it should be in this type of track where the drag level is very important, and it seems that has been our weakness. We know that. Now we need to get better, and bring some ideas.”
Yet, the Spaniard was satisfied with their maximum execution despite the compromised package. “I think we are doing the job every Sunday. Executing the maximum from the car, sometimes unfortunately it’s ninth like today, sometimes it’s second like last week [at Zandvoort].”
Alonso pointed out that their competitive edge lies in their flawless strategies and absence of major errors unlike some of their competitors. They have a good points’ gap due to these advantages.
“But yeah, it’s getting closer, and even Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, I think, is ahead of us now with this result. Let’s try to bounce back in Singapore,” he concluded, foreseeing an intensified competition.