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Alonso rues missed victories in 2023

Aston Martin started 2023 as the second fastest team behind Red Bull

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Fernando Alonso has revealed the races he believes Aston Martin could have won this season. 

Fernando Alonso celebrates P3 in Brazil (Image Credit: Aston Martin F1 Media Portal)
Fernando Alonso celebrates P3 in Brazil (Image Credit: Aston Martin F1 Media Portal)

Aston Martin arrived in Bahrain with an air of quiet confidence. A tough 2022 saw the team realise it had made an error with its first car of the new regulations, prompting a rethink. The new AMR23 proved its strong testing pace was no fluke, with a competitive P3 finish.

Four further consecutive podium finishes followed, including Monaco. However, after Canada, the team began to struggle. Aston’s fall from the front of the grid coincided with McLaren’s upgrades from Austria onwards. Alonso failed to score a podium in the next four rounds.

A brief reprieve resulted in a P2 at Monza before the team hit its nadir, with Alonso retiring in two of the following five races. His highest finish during this run was P6. The AMR23 found pace in the final few races, achieving a P3 in Brazil, but the team ultimately lost its battle with McLaren to secure P4 in the championship at the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Alonso reflective

Speaking to formula1.com, the Spaniard confirmed that a victory this season was within reach, stating: “I think it was possible.” As the team heads into the winter to prepare the 2024 car, Alonso has revealed he believes he could have won two races this season:

“Probably Monaco was the closest, with a tyre call change or something. Maybe Zandvoort if we were in a different position in that restart or something.

“We probably had opportunities [to win] here and there, and yes, I believe that we deserve it more than anyone else this year. I think we need to find some consistency.”

The two-time World Champion also revealed the cause of the competitive issues behind Aston Martin’s mid-season slump. He said the car struggled with both operating windows and speed. He also praised the car’s ability to manage its tyres: “Maybe one of the weak points was the car had to operate in a very narrow window.”

“It’s the same for everybody, but it seems that we’re struggling a little bit and it would be nice if we could perform always at a stable level next year.”

“Also, if we can improve the straight-line speed… I think that was, in performance numbers, our weak point, always [being] a little bit too slow on the straights.

“If we want to be as fast as the others, we needed to drop too much the rear wing, and then we ended up slow in the corners as well, so that was probably the loop that we could not [get out of] this season.

“The strength was tyre degradation; I think Sundays the car is very strong always. The execution of the strategy, the motivation of the team… We are a happy team, we are a young team, and we are celebrating every result as a win. This energy, it’s important to keep it for next year.”

 

Feature Image Credit: Aston Martin F1 Media Portal 

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