With Fernando Alonso’s incredible performance in the opening race of the 2023 season in Bahrain, Aston Martin finished on the podium.
Due to the ғᴀᴄᴛ that Aston Martin has finished seventh in both of its previous F1 seasons, nobody would have expected the team to be contending for podium spots so soon after the beginning of the 2023 season.
In recent years, the team has recruited a significant portion of its staff from the larger teams, thereby amassing a group of exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable individuals to assist them in the design of their vehicles.
Aston Martin clearly tapped on the knowledge that technical director Dan Fallows gained during his time working as the head of aerodynamics for Red Bull while developing the AMR23, which bears a striking resemblance to that car.
Aston Martin finished the Bahrain Grand Prix faster than Ferrari and Mercedes, but they were unable to ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ Red Bull for the win of the race. Red Bull was able to hold on to their lead and take the victory.
Mike Krack, the principal of the Aston Martin team, has urged his group to keep their sense of humility despite having a solid start to the season. He believes that the gap between the team and Red Bull is a significant one for the Aston Martin team to close.
According to Autosport’s reporting, he stated, “I think the distance is still big.”
“We do not know how much management Red Bull was required to perform and actually did. I believe that it must have been rather easy for them to simply complete the obligatory tyre work and then coast to the finish of the race.
“I believe that we have now achieved one positive result, since we have made improvements to our vehicle.
“But we are going up against teams that are accustomed to driving on the front, and they are quite accustomed to high intensity development,” you might say. “But we are here to ғɪɢʜᴛ.” Hence, I believe that we should treat one another with respect and humility, and watch how things develop.
Fernando Alonso has also cautioned Aston Martin against becoming overconfident. He explained that the team will face radically different obstacles in the upcoming two races, and he advised them not to get complacent.
Although the AMR23 was a good fit for the track in Bahrain, it is possible that success will not be replicated in Saudi Arabia and Australia due to the different styles of their respective racetracks.
Alonso has stated that if Aston Martin does well in the upcoming two races, the team has a good chance of having a very successful season.