Fernando Alonso has defended Lance Stroll and said that he is looking to help his Aston Martin teammate as much as possible amid his current struggles in Formula 1.
Stroll is really in a rut at the moment form-wise, whilst Alonso is still fighting near the front in the battle with McLaren, Ferrari, and Mercedes.
Indeed, the points table could be looking a lot kinder to Aston Martin at this stage in the season had Stroll been able to get closer to Alonso for results on a more regular basis, but that is not what has been the case.
The Canadian has had a number of poor results of late, prompting speculation over his future in F1, whilst an apparent shove of his personal trainer during the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix weekend last time out hardly helped his cause in terms of winning sympathy from fans.
Alonso defends Stroll
For Alonso, though, Stroll has been unlucky at times in recent rounds, with him telling the press in Austin ahead of this weekend’s 2023 United States Grand Prix that all of the team are working hard to try and help the former Williams driver find some rhythm.
“We are all helping him and [I am] trying to do my best where if I find something in the car and feel more comfortable [I can share],” Alonso said.
“We are in the same room for debriefs and I’m trying to remember what could be a help in the past with set up or whatever.
“We are working close together to find the best result for the team and to score points with both cars. I think he’s been extremely unlucky in some situations. I don’t think the speed and pace is that far away when things are normal.
“All this is just hitting his confidence, it’s like in football when you win matches everything goes perfect and when you lose you get stressed. We need a clean weekend and hopefully this one is just the starting point.”