The Silverstone-based crew, Aston Martin, began 2023 as a potent adversary to Red Bull. Fernando Alonso, one of their notable drivers, attained five podium finishes within the initial six races. The highly experienced driver had an opportunity to triumph at the Monaco Grand Prix.
However, the team’s performance has experienced a downward spiral since the season’s halfway mark, landing Alonso a single podium spot during the Dutch GP within the past eight races. There has been a stark shift in Aston Martin‘s fortunes as it has slipped to the fourth position in the constructors’ championship. To make things worse, the team stands in jeopardy of trailing the revivalist McLaren team to the fifth place unless a substantial improvement in performance is observed.
Aston Martin‘s leader, Mike Krack, recognizes the importance for a turnaround, pointing out that it’d impact morale negatively if the year ends on a sour note. When asked if it was crucial for the team not to end 2023 in a regressive fashion, Krack replied, “Yeah, I 100% agree. This is very important. It’s a bit of the opposite of last year. If you have a good start, and then others are overtaking you, it is much more difficult for morale than if you do it vice versa. And that is something that, for us, it’s very, very important to turn the trend around. Whatever that leads to finally we have to see, but this trend has to be turned.”
Krack attributes the slump in Aston Martin‘s performance through the season to the team’s inability to keep pace with its rivals in F1’s development race. He believes that certain teams like Ferrari, Mercedes, and McLaren have made significant advancements leading to them overtaking Aston Martin in the contest for position behind Red Bull. This change is evident in that the AMR23 doesn’t have the same competitive edge particularly around certain corners that it had during the season’s commencement. It was at a time when it was pretty much at the same level as Red Bull’s RB19 in some turns.
Krack concluded, “We need to look in terms of ranking, but others had more problems at that time than we had. It’s something that we need to work on for the races to come. You need to have a car that works everywhere. And this we are not having at the moment.”