Alonso: Aston Martin potential was there in 2022

Fernando Alonso sits third in the 2023 Formula 1 drivers' championship for Aston Martin

-

Fernando Alonso says Aston Martin made normal progress over the off-season from the end of 2022, and hailed the impact of their development in the second half of that season.

Alonso joined the team at the start of 2023 after they recorded back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship.

But, this season he has taken six podiums and is third in the F1 drivers’ championship ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“When I tested in Abu Dhabi I felt the car was good and it was competitive,” Alonso told the media.

“I think the performance of the Aston and the Alpine in the last race that I was driving in was very similar. So when I jumped in that car, I felt okay, I think they made a lot of progress during the year.”

“So that’s why when we think of Aston last year, we may think of the struggles at the beginning, mid-season, but I think at the end of the year they had a reasonable car.

“So the step over winter was a normal progress that they followed through the year.”

Alonso relishing Austrian battle with Mercedes

Ahead of the 2022 Hungarian GP, Aston Martin were ninth in the contractors’ championship with just 20 points, but 12 months later they sit third and just 22 points behind second-placed Mercedes.

“That’s definitely more interesting for us,” Alonso added. “I think Red Bull is in their own league at the moment this year. So for us, it is important to score points with both cars and every weekend.

“I’m trying to keep up the fight with Mercedes and Ferrari which obviously is still you know, hard to believe for us, you know that we are in this battle.

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin leads George Russell of Mercedes,, and Nico Hulkenberg of Haas during 2023 Spanish GP formation lap | Aston Martin F1 Team

“When we started the season in Bahrain, we were definitely not expecting to be up there. And now we are just enjoying every weekend and it’s good to be in this battle.

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

With the F1 circus finished at Silverstone, we move on to the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix which will be held at the Hungaroring, Budapest over the weekend of July 21-23.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

0
Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

0
The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

0
Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

0
Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

0
While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

0
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing in 2026 promising "a new generation...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

0
The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
George Russell at 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

George Russell mistakes exposed as Mercedes face major concern

0
George Russell may have started the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on pole position, yet there was a...
Race winner Max Verstappen and third placed George Russell of Mercedes during press conference after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Canadian GP 2024

0
The Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix promised to offer unpredictability with interchangeable weather and, for fans at the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen warns Red Bull teammate Perez: You can afford these one-offs… sometimes

0
Max Verstappen fired a warning shot to Sergio Perez just days after his teammate extended his Red Bull contract...
- Advertisment -