Fernando Alonso says the last two race weekends have been among the worst for Aston Martin so far this year.
“This was, and Austria, one of the worst weekends I think for us so far and we saved quite well,” Alonso told media including RaceFans after yesterday’s British Grand Prix.
He believes a number of factors explain the team’s sub-par weekend. “It’s probably a little bit of everything,” said Alonso. “Out-developed a little bit in terms of a few teams brought some some significant upgrades lately.
“It’s track-specific, I think here was not our best layout for the package that we have. We need to see also the tyres, obviously it’s the first race that we have this new construction so it seems that maybe we need to analyse more in detail.
“But all in all I think we saved a very difficult weekend. Hopefully in Hungary we are again competitive.”
While Aston Martin have often had the quickest Mercedes-powered cars this year, the works team and the upgraded McLarens led them home at Silverstone, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton finishing on the podium. Alonso admitted he hadn’t tried to keep Hamilton behind him when he got ahead of the Mercedes early in the race.
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“They’ve been quicker the whole weekend,” he said. “So when he was behind I knew that it was not worth spending too much time defending and he had more pace. They were fast this weekend.
“So I’m happy to see Lando as well on the podium and Lewis and let’s see in Hungary if we can come back to our normal pace.”
Alonso scored six podium finishes over the first eight grands prix of 2023, but said the Aston Martin mustn’t become alarmed if they cannot produce those results again.
“To be honest, I’m not too stressed about the development,” he said. “The car is better than expected this year, we are fighting for things that we could probably never dream of at the beginning of the year.
“So now if we can keep in the top 10 and fighting with the top guys, it’s great. But I think we have to focus as well on the long-term picture. We cannot get stressed every weekend if we are seventh or if we are fourth or if we are on the podium this year. We need to be very pragmatic and very relaxed about our performance.”
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