Alonso Optimistic About Aston Martin’s Season Turnaround Prospects

Aston Martin has fallen in the rankings of Formula 1 for the current season after a strong performance at the beginning of 2023, but two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is still optimistic that the British team will find its form.

Fernando Alonso, who joined Aston Martin the previous year, finished on the podium six times in the first eight races of the 2023 Formula One season. Regular modifications to the AMR23 were not enough to maintain the team ahead of Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren in the development race.

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The Silverstone-based squad had high expectations for 2024, but now they are in a limbo as the top four have vanished into the horizon.

Fernando Alonso believes that with the right improvements, his club can turn around their season despite a difficult start.

“The team is putting in a lot of effort to introduce new components to each event, with the goal of raising our level of competition. We have a triple-header starting with the Spanish Grand Prix, so we need to collaborate as a team to make sure we can get the most out of every weekend.

“We will also need to support each other during the next three races, as triple-headers can be a physical and mental challenge for everyone in the team, not just the drivers.”

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The 21st Spanish Grand Prix is something the two-time world champion is excited about. He has had both triumphs and setbacks at the Spanish Grand Prix throughout the years. With Renault, he won his first home race in 2006, a feat he would be able to duplicate with Ferrari in 2013.

“I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the Spanish Grand Prix, and I love returning home to soak up the incredible atmosphere.” When I go around the course for my 21st Spanish Grand Prix, I will feel the same sense of pride as I had at my very first home race.

“The Spanish supporters consistently show up in large numbers and give us extra inspiration to succeed. It’s also always good to see them at the Fan Forum, where a large number of people attend to support the team.”

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“There have been many thrilling races over the years, but my victory in 2006 stands out the most. I will never forget the fans’ responses because it was my first victory at my home race. It was an extremely special moment.

“For me, the energy during the Spanish Grand Prix is always unusual because the fans are so fervent. The blue wave that occurred in 2005 and 2006 and is currently turning into a green wave is another fond memory of mine.”

The track has seen significant changes in recent years. Turns 10 and 11 were combined into one long hairpin in 2021, and last year the controversial final chicane—a source of frustration for drivers because it required high levels of traction from the cars at the very end of the lap—was returned to its original configuration. This involved two extremely fast corners that sent the cars barreling onto the start-finish straight at top speed.

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Speaking further on the difficulties presented by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Alonso said: “Everyone has a great deal of experience there since it’s a circuit that all the drivers and teams are familiar with. At this track, tire degradation is a major element, hence pit strategy is crucial to the outcome of the race.

“Overtaking is not easy either, so making sure the car is set-up right ahead of Saturday will be important as qualifying position is crucial to having a good Sunday.”

“The final sector is now more fluid because to the removal of the chicane, which has also increased the significance of tire management throughout the race. Driving through it quickly again seems like a lot of fun, in my opinion.”