How Aston Martin intends to turn things around

After a hopeful 2023, Aston Martin is struggling to launch its 2024 campaign. At Silverstone, the team is mobilizing to allow Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll to play regularly up front.

Published on 08/06/2024 à 10:33

Gonzalo Forbes

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How Aston Martin intends to turn things around

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Almost a year ago on this same route Gilles Villeneuve, Aston Martin confirmed his incredible start to the season, driven by a Fernando Alonso in great form. The last Canadian Grand Prix was a success for them with the Spaniard 3e qualifications (2e on the grid after the penalty of Nico Hulkenberg) before pulling out a 6e podium in 8 races, just behind Max Verstappen.

But since then, everything has become more complicated for the Greens. The company's development direction was not the right one and Lawrence's stable Stroll continued to fall in the hierarchy. From practically second place in the field a year ago, it is now only fifth and very far from the top three. Red Bull-McLaren-Ferrari whose Mercedes is getting closer little by little.

“It’s up to us to solve these problems”

Suddenly, she found herself in no man's land, too far from the leading group and in front of the pursuers like RB, Haas, Williams, etc… The results speak for themselves with no presence on the podium and above all 110 points less if we take the first 8 Grands Prix of these last two years.

« The car is somewhat difficult to drive, recognize fully Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack. So far, we have not been able to cure this. What we need is a smoother, easier-to-operate car that offers drivers more confidence. That's what we had in the past and it was much easier for them.

If you don't have confidence in your car, it's difficult to get the most out of it. You have to take some margin and you are much more exposed to these small deviations that we have these days and thus you find yourself on the wrong side (…) So it is up to us to resolve these problems. I was asked how long. I would be happy to say that we sorted everything out in two races. We are working hard on it and trying to make changes as quickly as possible.."

Lance Stroll clings to Aston Martin project

Despite a more difficult situation than expected, internally there is no time for panic. If he has amused the gallery with his rants in the past, Fernando Alonso still appears very calm as he goes through a delicate patch including two consecutive eliminations in Q1 and above all unusual errors.

Lance Stroll has confidence in Aston Martin. © Eric Alonso / DPPI

For his part, Lance Stroll also remains calm. As at home, the Canadian, whose father owns the team, has full confidence in the strength of the Greens for the future. “ It's very exciting, he summarizes about the future of training. Everything that's happening at Silverstone, the team project and the way we've grown in recent years... And we continue to grow. I therefore intend to continue to be part of this project. » To see if Aston Martin will manage to take the right direction this time after such an encouraging 2023 season. On the contrary, some, including one from Asturias, could quickly lose patience.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

08/06/2024 at 01:11 a.m.

Fernand, who has been very politically correct for several months, will he not end up losing patience and finding that F1 is too restrictive if he no longer manages to enjoy himself in the cockpit and score big points? This could revive - a little! - the cards for the 2026 season if the Bull of Asturias decides to bow out

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