Undoubtedly, Aston Martin is the surprise-so far of this Formula 1 season, since – after a bad 2022, where it collected only 55 points, and finished in 7th place – in the first three races of 2023 it has managed to collect 65 points. , and it is in the 2nd place in the status of builders. In addition, Fernando Alonso has taken the third step of the podium in all three races, which is a big step for the Silverstone team.
Despite the team’s poor results last year, Alonso decided to leave Alpine and go to Aston Martin. Proud billionaire Lawrence Stroll’s team has a long-term goal of world titles rather than podiums, with team principal Mike Krack revealing that Stroll is pushing the team to greater success and not to be left behind after its surprisingly strong start.
But according to Alonso, Aston Martin’s hard work and recovery over the winter has shortened its planned run to the top for the year, saying:
I expected that 2023 would be a learning season, and in 2024 I would probably fight with Ferrari and Mercedes, and things like that. But we challenged them in Bahrain in the first race, so obviously now everything looks more promising.
Alonso warned that the real test of Aston’s progress will come once rival teams begin to make significant improvements and the team’s level of progress over the season will be tested, which will be seen from the upcoming Azerbaijan GP, adding:
Now we have to give. This is something we will see soon. From Baku, Imola, Barcelona, the teams will start to bring improvements to their cars and we must be the top team in that regard as well. On the track, but also off the track, we have to learn a lot throughout this season to be competitive in 2024, hopefully.