Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Circuit de Catalunya, 2023

Aston Martin have “more time to find” after successful upgrade – Alonso

2023 Spanish Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso says Aston Martin have “more time to find” in their set up after finishing Friday closest to Max Verstappen.

Alonso was just under two tenths of a second slower than Verstappen’s best time of the day in the second practice session at Circuit de Catalunya and almost a full second quicker than team mate Lance Stroll.

With half a second covering the top eight drivers, Alonso says he expects a competitive weekend at the front of the field.

“It’s so tight that I think one or two tenths will put you in a completely different spot in the classification,” he said. “So don’t pay too much attention to the times.”

Friday was the field’s first opportunity to get familiarised with the revised layout of the Barcelona circuit with the return of the original final corners. Alonso says his team achieved everything they had set out to do during the first day of practice.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, Circuit de Catalunya, 2023
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“We went through all the programmes that we had before the free practice, which is the good thing. Learning about the tyres. The track is a little slower maybe than what we predicted, so there’s still more time to find more tweaks on the set-up, but it was a productive Friday.”

Aston Martin have brought upgrades to their front and rear wings for this weekend’s grand prix. Asked if he felt his new parts are helping his performance this weekend, Alonso replied “they do, they do, absolutely.

“There is not a new part that we put in the car that is not helping the performance,” he continued. “That’s something that has been always the case with the team from Bahrain. So I’m happy with the upgrades and let’s see tomorrow, when everyone goes to full power, where we are.

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3 comments on “Aston Martin have “more time to find” after successful upgrade – Alonso”

  1. The final step to catch Red Bull seems to be harder for Aston Martin than even all the steps it took to get from the tail ender to the second best team (in most circuits thus far). I desperately want to see an Alonso victory.

    1. why should it be easy?If Ferrari went worse than last year then it´s hard to think that Aston would be beating Red bull in a year,they are doing absolutely astonishing job and im still positive that Alonso will win one race this year. :)

  2. I am very happy to see Fernando getting the success he deserves after so much time.

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