Fernando Alonso gives candid admission on performance amid Aston Martin struggles

Aston Martin enter the 2024 Monaco GP fifth in the F1 constructors' championship behind Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, compared to second in 2023

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Fernando Alonso believes he’s not been good enough individually as Aston Martin have struggled to recapture their 2023 form this season, as he’s picked up just two points in the last two races ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

Aston Martin arrive in Monte Carlo trophyless and sat fifth in the constructors’ championship, in stark contrast to 12 months ago when they were the best team behind Red Bull and Alonso would extend his run to five podiums (and a fourth place) in six races.

After finishing ninth at the 2024 Miami GP, a heavy crash in FP3 contributed to Alonso‘s Q1 exit a week ago at Imola and he effectively used the Emilia Romagna GP as an extended testing session for the upgraded AMR23.

“In my case, I think I was not perfect in those two races, I was not driving well enough in Miami,” Alonso told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “And in Imola I think it was more the search of answers that drives me sometimes on a weekend.

“I know the goals will not be good enough to satisfy us or myself. When you’re not fighting for top five or top seven or whatever, sometimes you switch into a setup thing or test weekend because to finish P9, I prefer to fix the problems of the car give up that weekend and start from scratch on the next one.

“I think we drop in performance relative to the others, I think we increased the performance that our car had, but the others seemed to make a step, you know, a little bit bigger than us and we drop a little bit in intensive positions.”

Aston Martin chasing balance on all fronts

Fernando Alonso during 2024 Miami GP | Aston Martin F1 Team
Fernando Alonso during the 2024 Miami GP | Aston Martin F1 Team

While Aston Martin are struggling to recapture the magic of Alonso‘s debut season with the team, 2024 it is still their second-most successful season since taking over Racing Point for 2021.

The jump they made from back of the midfield to ‘best of the rest’ was scarcely believable but has since been replicated by McLaren with more fluidity in the Formula 1 grid as time passes under the current era of regulations, and Alonso pointed to Imola as an opportunity to take one step back for a future two forward.

“It’s what happened in Imola a little bit in FP3 and then in quali and the race,” Alonso added. “Obviously on one side it’s good because maybe you accelerate a little bit the fix of the problems, on the other side that weekend is maybe zero points or you are a little bit less competitive than normal.

“You need to combine normal weekends where you maximize the package and the points that are available, even if it’s P9, and some other weekends you need to think if it’s ok if we give up P9 today because we need to shortcut a little bit, the timing that we have for fixing the car.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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