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Alonso: Aston Martin are ‘paying the price’ during tricky weekend in Texas

The Silverstone-based team have introduced a host of upgrades to the AMR23

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Alonso will start the Sprint Race from P12 after failing to make it to SQ3 in Saturday’s Sprint Shootout. 

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Aston Martin have sought to remedy performance difficulties with the introduction of upgrades to the car. (Image credit: Aston Martin F1 Team on X)

Aston Martin’s woes have continued on into Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas. Neither driver progressed through to SQ3, with Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso starting Saturday’s Sprint Race in P14 and P12 respectively.

Speaking to F1 after the Sprint Shootout, Alonso shared his bleak outlook for the results of Aston Martin’s race weekend. “Obviously it is disappointing,” he said. “You just try to complete the laps and hopefully score some points, but I think it’s gonna be probably no points this weekend for us, so it is painful.”

Alonso stated that Aston Martin are suffering the effects of bringing an upgrade package to a race with limited practice time. “Obviously we took a lot of risk, bringing the new package with only one free practice,” Alonso said, adding:

“And obviously we are paying the price of that, in the worst way possible.”

Aston Martin are “here to win”

Although the team are struggling, Alonso does not begrudge the decision to bring upgrades. “We are here to win, not to just score a few points every weekend,” he said. “So sometimes we have to take this bold decisions and hopefully the price will pay at the end of the year if we have more information about this package.”

Friday had been a difficult day for both Stroll and Alonso, with both drivers unable to make it out of Q1. Stroll is set to start the Grand Prix from the back row of the grid, in P19. Alonso didn’t fare much better, qualifying just P17.

Aston Martin brought a major upgrade package to the United States Grand Prix, as the team seeks to remedy its performance slump. Whilst the team began the season as Red Bull’s only challenger, it has since tumbled to fifth in the Constructors’ Standings. Alonso, who enjoyed a string of back to back podiums, has not finished on the podium since the Dutch Grand Prix.

In an attempt to improve its performance, a whole host of upgrades have been brought to Texas. These include an updated floor, bodywork, and beam wing.

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