Fernando Alonso and the Aston Martin team have performed remarkably well in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The team has taken home a podium on their first race, which indicates the team’s commitment and dedication to excellence. The pre-season testing carried out in the abrasive Sakhir circuit provides a partial picture of one single race track, hence the team came to Jeddah with some question marks” about whether it would be able to confirm its giant leap forward at Jeddah’s vastly different street circuit.
“I came to Jeddah with some question marks about our performance in Bahrain,” said Alonso after qualifying third in Saudi Arabia, but will be promoted to second due to Charles Leclerc‘s grid penalty. For Aston Martin, it was essential to come to Jeddah and confirm whether the team could keep up its excellent performance on a different track. Aston Martin‘s impressive performance in Jeddah provided an extra motivation for everyone in the factory to keep pushing, as the car seems to perform in any condition.
Despite starting on the front row due to Leclerc‘s penalty, Alonso remained realistic about Aston Martin‘s chances of challenging Red Bull‘s polesitter Sergio Perez. The two-time F1 world champion vowed not to be too greedy and wanted the team to bank the points and build up an advantage over one of its direct rivals, Mercedes.
“When we launched the car on the 13th of February, I remember a conversation with Mike Krack, with Lance [Stroll], with the senior management of the team, setting the goals for this year, and the goals were not fighting Red Bull for the win,” said Alonso. He advised the team to keep it simple, keep the feet on the ground, and not make any mistakes even if they’re competitive. “So whatever is available, I am sure we will take,” he added.