Krack conceded that Alonso fell behind both Red Bull and McLaren cars, as well as Mercedes, but was upbeat about the fact that the team still managed to outscore rival team Ferrari, garnering six points to Ferrari’s three. Despite this, Mercedes came out on top with an overall gain of 18 points.
The race for the second spot in the constructors’ championship is currently led by Mercedes with 203 points, followed by Aston in third place with 181 points, and Ferrari in fourth with 157 points.
When asked about the weekend’s performance by F1 Flow.com, Krack responded, “The outcome was about limiting damage. I feel our performance on both Saturday and Sunday did not meet our expectations. Nevertheless, outscoring Ferrari can be seen as successful damage control.”
In three of the previous four race weekends, the team didn’t manage to compete for the podium, a significant change after Alonso’s six top-three finishes in the first seven races of the season.
Krack explained, “It’s unrealistic to expect podium finishes all the time. We managed six podiums in 10 races. There will be challenging moments, like the recent race where we clearly lacked the pace we desired on Saturday.”
“Before the race, we knew we had to lean on our strengths – pitstops, race starts, strategy execution. These elements worked well, helping us to secure a respectable points haul,” he added.
Photo of Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, arriving on the grid with mechanics.
Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / F1 Flow Images
On the topic of McLaren joining the front-runners, Krack clarified, “I wouldn’t say it’s a concern, but a reminder that we should not hastily define a pecking order. This sport fluctuates; sometimes we are up, sometimes down.”
Krack remained firm that the team is eager to test the AMR23 at different tracks, including the challenging circuits of Hungary and Spa, happening back-to-back.
Using engineering parlance, he noted, “We want a ‘rolling average’ of our performance before the shutdown. This will give us a more accurate representation of where we stand, informing our expectations for future races.”
Krack also pointed out the need to enhance the team’s single-lap performance, particularly as Alonso only managed a ninth-place start at Silverstone. He said, “Qualifying is crucial, particularly in circuits where overtaking is challenging. Qualifying performance is vital to finishing at the front in F1.”
Krack confessed that the team now feels the pressure to be in the top-three contention, thanks to the high expectations following the early successes of the season.
He said, “The bar has been raised after our six podium finishes. It’s only natural that expectations are high. We’ll continue striving to meet these expectations. These high expectations speak volumes about our progress.”
Krack concluded, “Even if we end up with six podiums in 22 races, it would still be a respectable season given where we started and our initial targets for the season. Rest assured, we’re not about to throw in the towel.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Aston Martin F1 Performance
Who is the team principal for Aston Martin F1?
The text refers to a person named Krack, who appears to be speaking on behalf of Aston Martin F1, suggesting that he is a senior figure, potentially the team principal.
How did Aston Martin perform in the British GP?
In the British GP, Aston Martin’s performance was described as “damage control”. While they didn’t reach their performance goals, they managed to outscore their rival Ferrari.
How many points did Aston Martin score at the British GP?
Aston Martin scored six points at the British GP, which was three points more than their rival Ferrari.
What was Krack’s perspective on the team’s performance at the British GP?
Krack recognized that the team didn’t perform as expected, but saw their performance as successful damage control, given they scored more points than Ferrari.
Is Aston Martin concerned about McLaren’s performance?
According to Krack, the team isn’t specifically concerned about McLaren’s performance. However, he acknowledges that they need to be careful about defining a pecking order too quickly.
What is Krack’s plan for improving the team’s performance?
Krack stated that the team needs to focus on improving its single-lap performance and overall execution strategy. He also noted the importance of testing the AMR23 car at different tracks.