Two-time champion Fernando Alonso has praised his Aston Martin team’s “extraordinary” work ethic despite narrowly missing out on a podium finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Alonso finished just 0.8 seconds behind Charles Leclerc, who preserved his Pirelli tyres to end the Spaniard’s run of consecutive podiums at the start of the year. Alonso suggested the overcast conditions late in the race benefited Leclerc and branded his former team Ferrari as “lucky” after a perfect weekend in Baku, securing pole position in both the sprint and main races.
Alonso reflected on the scorching Miami Grand Prix in two weeks’ time and predicted the Ferraris could experience tyre degradation struggles once again. Alonso however couldn’t discount Ferrari‘s impressive performance over the Grand Prix weekend, with the Italians speed a mere one second faster than Aston Martin‘s somewhat compromised effort. Aston Martin struggled with set-up issues and intermittent DRS (drag reduction system) problems over the course of the weekend.
Despite narrowly missing out on another podium, Alonso was quick to congratulate his team who he praised for “working perfectly” and added that sharing information immediately through the race engineer was testament to their team spirit. Aston Martin currently sits second in the constructors’ championship and Alonso suggested that his team can only reward their efforts by helping the team any way they can while they continue to fight for the championship.