Aston Martin back in the battle after the Canadian Grand Prix?

With a 6th and 7th place at the finish of the Canadian Grand Prix, Aston Martin seems to have found some color. The road still remains long to find the outposts again...

Published on 11/06/2024 à 10:57

Yannis Duval

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Aston Martin back in the battle after the Canadian Grand Prix?

Double entry into the points for Aston Marin in Canada. ©DPPI

The surprise team of the weekend in Montreal was undoubtedly Mercedes. Pole position, solid pace in the race, in the battle with the McLaren et Verstappen for the podium... The Silver Arrows captured all the light to the point of even forgetting the 6th and 7th place of the Aston Martin.

In tough conditions since the start of the season (and particularly in the last three races), the British team found a little fresh air in Montreal with 14 points up for grabs. “A fantastic race for the team, smiled Fernando Alonso at the end of the race. The goal is always to score points with both cars, and 6th and 7th place are big points. The race was extremely difficult due to the conditions. For most of the race the track was only two meters wide. You can't put a tire outside of that dry line, so it was very, very stressful. Congratulations to everyone, because it was a tough race in the cockpit. »

For its part, Lance stroll was particularly happy with his result after the race and for good reason, he signed the best result of a Canadian driver during his national Grand Prix since the podium in Jacques Villeneuve, in 1996.

“We are happier with the car now, we have understood some things and I think we are more competitive, Stroll explains. But, at the same time, we knew that Montreal was going to be one of the best circuits for us, for our package. There is a question mark over what will happen in Barcelona, ​​but I know the team is working hard to bring new parts to the next race, and I hope we maintain this level of performance. competitiveness. »

Aston Martin back on top?

The result is good for Lawrence Stroll's men, but it remains to be qualified because, when we look a little closer, we realize that there is still a long way to go for Aston Martin before regaining its last year's place. First of all, the Ferrari were not at all in the game this weekend and had to, in addition, both abandon, which freed up two places at the front (which Mercedes hastened to occupy).

The different times of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll are also an indicator which cools us a little regarding a return of the Greens to the top. The two cars finished 17 and 23 seconds behind the leader, Max Verstappen, while a Safety Car came out on the 54th lap of the race; the flag was waved five laps later. Accumulating 17 and 23 seconds behind in 12 laps demonstrates a gap still existing.

With the renewed form of Mercedes, which is now looking far ahead, and Racing Bulls which continues little by little to pick up points in each race, shouldn't Aston Martin now rather be in its rearview mirrors in order to secure 5th place of the championship?

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

11/06/2024 at 02:42 a.m.

Great lesson in opportunity for Aston Martin with the double abandonment of the Ferraris and a totally transparent TexMex, because the 2 English should have finished P9 and P10... but you have to know not to let such opportunities pass when the gaps are so minimal in the middle of the grid!

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