Aston Martin has undergone a major transformation since finishing seventh in 2022, now holding second in the constructors’ standings after three races thanks to Fernando Alonso‘s three podium finishes. This impressive year-on-year improvement is the result of years of hard work, ambition and investment from the team’s owner, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. Stroll has been busy building a team that can challenge for world titles and has recruited some of the best talent from rival teams, including former Red Bull aero chief Dan Fallows. The construction of a new £200 million state-of-the-art Silverstone headquarters, with the first stage set to open next month, is a testament to the team’s ongoing rebuild.
Stroll’s ambitions for Aston Martin go far beyond the team’s current success. “When are we going to win the next one?” he is said to have asked the team in response to their recent accomplishments. Chief Race Engineer, Tom Krack, confirmed that while Stroll was happy with the progress made so far, he has an insatiable drive for further success. Krack noted that Stroll’s mission statement is clear and he wastes no time in demanding more from the team. The pressure is certainly on the team to keep pushing for greater success.
The resurgence of Aston Martin began during the 2022 season, when the team made significant progress despite a slow start to the season. Asked whether the team can keep up the same development pace this year, Krack explained that they managed to develop the car substantially last year and started from a higher baseline this year. However, he stressed the importance of continued progress, stating that even if the team does nothing, they will go backwards. Krack added that they are confident they can bring performance upgrades to the car but only time will tell if they prove to be efficient or not. Nonetheless, the team is already working on the changes needed to stay competitive.