During the Canadian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso found himself under pressure from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton for second place. However, in the closing stages of the race, Alonso received a message from the Aston Martin team instructing him to start lifting and coasting without any explanation. Team principal Mike Krack later revealed that this request was triggered by a suspected issue with the fuel system, although it turned out to be a false alarm. When pressed for more details, Krack refused to provide any further information, simply stating that they believed there was a problem that ultimately did not materialize. While Alonso‘s performance suffered as a result of this precautionary measure, Aston Martin did not want to risk losing his sixth podium finish of the season. Krack estimated that it may have cost them a few tenths of a second, but emphasized that their priority was to ensure Alonso finished the race.
The vague instructions given to Alonso by his team also led to speculation among TV broadcasters and rival teams regarding the nature of his troubles. In fact, Mercedes even informed Hamilton that Alonso might be experiencing brake issues, which amused the Aston Martin pitwall. Krack expressed surprise at these comments and jokingly suggested that they should consult the Mercedes engineers since they seemed to know more about Aston Martin‘s car than they did. However, Krack clarified that there were no actual problems with their car.
Overall, it was a somewhat confusing situation for Alonso and the Aston Martin team during the Canadian Grand Prix. Although they believed there was a fuel system problem that turned out to be unfounded, precautions were taken to ensure Alonso finished the race. While this may have cost them some lap time, they prioritized securing the sixth podium finish of the season for their driver. The vague instructions given to Alonso led to speculation among broadcasters and rival teams, but it was later confirmed that there were no actual issues with the car.