Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso secured his fourth podium of the 2023 season in the Miami Grand Prix, narrowly missing out to Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen. Despite this, Alonso is aiming even higher, stating that he wants at least a second place finish. However, he knows that Red Bull is a formidable opponent and believes that the best chance for Aston Martin to challenge for wins is at the Monaco and Barcelona events.
Aston Martin team boss Krack expressed the importance of staying realistic and grounded, adding that the team cannot take their current run of podiums for granted given the strong competition from Mercedes and Ferrari. Krack reminded everyone that there is a lot of hard work involved in securing a podium spot and that the team must be performing at 100% efficiency at all times.
Rather than trying to catch up to Red Bull, Krack acknowledged that it would be an achievement for the team to hold on to their current second position in the standings. He noted that Ferrari has shown flashes of one-lap speed, but lacks consistent race pace, while Mercedes is bringing new car parts to the upcoming Imola’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. With still 18 rounds left to run, Aston Martin is facing a big task to stay ahead with Mercedes only trailing by six points.
A grueling triple-header of races at Imola, Monaco, and Spain is coming up, and Krack expects it to be difficult for both man and machine. Monaco, in particular, will be logistically challenging for everyone. Krack highlighted that there will be a lot of extra work involved in putting new parts on and understanding how they will affect the car’s performance. Despite the challenges ahead, the Aston Martin team is looking forward to the upcoming races.