Fernando Alonso praises Aston Martin’s progress despite downturn in fortunes

Alonso hasn't finished on the podium since the Dutch GP after a blistering start to 2023.

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Fernando Alonso feels Aston Martin should be proud of their results in 2023 despite a mid-season slump in form.

Alonso’s first season at Aston Martin has seen him reach the podium seven times, but he has struggled to add to his tally in the second half of 2023 despite finishing second in the Dutch GP back in August.

The double world champion’s lack of recent silverware is due to Aston Martin’s form tailing off, dropping them to fifth in the constructors’ championship after running as high as second.

“I think we’ve been balancing always the ups and also the downs,” reflected Alonso. “We’ve been always very focused on the performance of the car and tried to get better as a team.

“Two years ago, this organisation was 250 people, and now we are a few points away from [the] top teams in the constructors championship and have seen the podium a few times already this year.

“We have this new factory as well. A lot of new people came to the team, I think around 200 points more than last year. So, it has been an incredible 2023 campaign for Aston Martin.

“I know we are more like football here, and only the last result seems to count, but we cannot forget where we come from. So very proud of this season so far.”

Fernando Alonso on track in FP1 of the 2023 United States GP | Aston Martin F1 team

US GP pace encouraging

The United States Grand Prix saw Alonso fail to finish for the first time in 2023 after undertray damage ended a solid drive, which saw him move into the points after starting from the pits.

Alonso’s teammate Lance Stroll, who also started from the pitlane, finished ninth on the road before being promoted to seventh after Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified for technical infringements. 

“I think on the Sprint weekends, having only one session [is] where you have to optimise everything in the car,” explained Alonso. “We had a very difficult FP1 with brake problems.

“We opted to change the setup, optimise everything [from] the package and start from the pit lane, and that was a nice result for us. 

“The pace we saw on Sunday was a combination of being optimised on our side. Our main opponents not [being] optimise, and we took the opportunity to have a better Sunday.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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