Alonso admits the step back

Alonso was ninth in the Hungarian GP, his worst result this season, when Aston Martin believed that the performance of the AMR23 would bring them closer to the top-5, or even to the podium. The driver, third in the World Championship, explains: “We weren’t fast enough to fight those in front and we didn’t have any threats behind us. Three points, ninth and tenth (by Stroll)We’ll see next weekend. It was similar, in the last two races we have suffered. At Silverstone the safety car helped us to finish seventh, which was better than our pace. Now the ninth is our pace. Behind Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren, which is more or less what we have seen both in qualifying and in the race”.

“At Silverstone we expected to suffer a bit, but in Budapest we expected to be stronger. It was not the case, we will have to analyze to be stronger in Spa”, says Fernando. There is work in the Silverstone factory: “We have to see many things, it’s up to us to understand what the car is doing compared to the start of the season, how many improvements we have brought compared to our rivals, and also understand the tires better. We have to do a better job.”

Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin AMR23).  Hungaroring, Hungary.  F1 2023.
Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin AMR23). Hungaroring, Hungary. F1 2023.ATTILA KISBENEDEKAFP

The lack of evolutions compared to rivals like Mercedes, McLaren or even Ferrari may be one of the factors to take into account: “We try to bring things, like everyone else. It’s not like people are going to finish development and wait until last year. Sometimes some parts work better than expected, others worse. I hope our next step is a good one. In every race we have many questions but we don’t know the cause of everything. In Austria, Hulkenberg and Haas were fourth in the standings. At Silverstone, we were surprised by Williams. Here, Alfa Romeo was very fast, although in the race everything evens out. We are at the end of the block of ‘top’ teams and we have to get back in front”. Aston Martin’s main package of evolutions arrived in Canada, but it has not generated the leap in performance that McLaren or Mercedes did with their aerodynamic ‘kits’.

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The race at the Hungaroring had few challenges for Alonso, who found few rivals on the track. He now points to the Belgian GP next weekend: “It was difficult, but it depends on what you push. When everything is stabilized, you just have to go to the end, it’s more the head. How many things happen, how much you want to go to Spa, a completely different circuit, and have a little revenge…”.

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