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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 25: Mike Krack of Luxembourg and Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team arrives at the track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Krack: Factory change no excuse for Aston Martin mid-season struggles

The Silverstone were Red Bull's closest challenger at the start of the season, but would drop further into the midfield as the 2023 season progressed

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Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack dismisses the idea of the team moving into its new Silverstone factory as an excuse for its mid-season struggles in 2023.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 05: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR23 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 05, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain.
Aston Martin had a brilliant start to the 2023 season (Image Credit: Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Since the involvement of Lawrence Stroll owning the team in 2018, the team has been in a stable financial position. This allowed the team to leave its old factory – that was too outdated – to a newly designed Silverstone-based campus.

The move into the new factory took place during the 2023 season. A new wind tunnel had also been recently completed.

Whilst the factory was being finalised behind the scenes, the British team enjoyed its best start in its entire history in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso was Red Bull’s closest challenger for race victories, securing multiple podiums.

Alonso managed to achieve six podiums during the opening eight rounds, propelling the team up to second in the constructors’ championship.

Already had fear of mid-season downfall

However, Aston martin’s development suffered compared to its rivals. This resulted in the team competing for the lower end of the points. By the end of the season, Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren leapfrogged them in the constructors’ championship, dropping Aston Martin to fifth.

Krack admitted that he thought that it was inevitable for the team to dip in form. However, the 51-year-old did not expect for it to happen so soon.

“At the beginning of the year, when we had these good results, I always had my finger up and said: ‘We will have more difficult times’. And they came, unfortunately, much quicker than we wanted them”, Krack said to Motorsport.com.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR23 Mercedes is followed by Logan Sargeant of USA driving the (2) Williams Racing FW45 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Aston Martin dropped towards the midfield as the season progressed (Image Credit: Song Haiyuan/MB Media/Getty Images)

Krack was asked whether the big change in scenery was a reason for the team’s struggles. However, the Luxembourg boss denied this as the case:

“I’m not the kind of guy that looks for excuses.”

“We knew before that we would move – before that we were expanding. We knew before that we were still growing. So if you know that before, you can plan all these things, and you should not use it as an excuse – it’s too easy.”

Krack admitted that he was surprised with how well the team was doing at the start of the season. He did not expect other teams to have struggled as much. However, development-wise, it was Aston Martin that struggled.

“But then, the competition started to improve, and we did not manage this improvement. We also had our upgrades, but we never made such big steps with our upgrades as our competition did. This resulted in others slipping in between.”

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