Alonso highlighted that the series of podium finishes at the commencement of 2023 came as a surprise, and observed that each racing weekend turns into “a festive occasion” for the team, in light of the significant progress compared to the same time last year.
Following six podium finishes in the initial eight races, the team’s performance has faltered somewhat as McLaren has picked up the pace and Mercedes consistently maintains its presence at the front.
Alonso maintains an optimistic outlook, stating his lack of concern, given that the team’s current situation is a marked improvement from where it stood this time the previous year.
“The team’s morale is quite high,” the Spanish racer shared. “Honestly, each weekend, each race feels like a party. I remember being in Spa last year after the August break, post-contract-signing, when they were ninth in the constructors’ championship. Williams was the only team lagging behind them.
“Now, we’ve managed to surpass Ferrari, for instance. That’s simply phenomenal. So, the first half of 2023 has taken us completely by surprise.
“We started off with a bang, and continue to relish the perks of this car, our new facility, the revitalized team spirit, and so on.
“Admittedly, we’ve seen a dip in performance in recent events. However, it’s not as drastic as the media inquiries make it out to be. We were a mere four-tenths away from the pole position last weekend, a staggering achievement considering our 2022 season, even though we ranked eighth.”
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team
Photo by: Erik Junius
Alonso expressed that the team’s recent hurdles have been instrumental in steering it on the correct course for the next season.
“We’re candid about our situation; we acknowledge the need for improvement,” he further added. “We’re not in denial about our dwindling performance in recent events. We’re tackling it head-on, and these challenges will only bolster the team’s resilience.
“An easy season wouldn’t prepare us adequately for 2024. So, experiencing these tough weekends, deciphering the car, and learning about our primary rivals will only fortify the team for future challenges.
“I’m not delighted about our slowing pace, but sometimes, the season necessitates a few challenging weekends.”
Additional reporting by Oleg Karpov
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fernando Alonso’s Perspective on Aston Martin’s F1 Performance
How does Alonso feel about Aston Martin’s current F1 form?
Alonso doesn’t view Aston Martin’s dip in F1 form as severe as it might appear. He believes the team has made significant progress from the previous year and views the recent struggles as a way of identifying areas for improvement and growth.
What does Alonso say about the team’s performance in comparison to the previous year?
Alonso claims that the team is in a much better position than at the same time last year. He points out that the team is currently performing better than Ferrari, which is a significant step up from their ranking of ninth in the constructors’ championship the previous year.
What is Alonso’s perspective on the recent struggles of Aston Martin?
Alonso views the recent struggles of Aston Martin as growth opportunities. He believes that understanding their car and their main competitors during these difficult times will make the team stronger and better prepared for the 2024 season.
Does Alonso view the current situation as a cause for concern?
Alonso is not worried about the current situation. He believes that despite the recent dip in performance, the team’s position is a marked improvement compared to the previous year. He also views the recent struggles as necessary learning experiences that will make the team stronger.
How does Alonso feel about the team’s morale?
Alonso describes the team’s morale as very high. He explains that every racing weekend feels like a celebration for the team, given the progress they have made compared to the same time last year.