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Aston Martin Claim 2024 Performance “Where We Expected It to Be”

“We’ve closed the gap to the front but it’s ultra-competitive and the pack is very tight," Krack said....

The start of 2023 was startling for Aston Martin. They scored five podiums from the first six races, but so far in 2024 they haven’t managed one. While it is a step back, it was expected from the team.

Aston Martin’s success last year was due to two major factors; the genuine step in performance the team took and the lack of competitiveness of their rivals. Ferrari and McLaren have made large strides to close the gap, leaving Aston Martin as the fifth fastest car on the grid.

“Performance-wise, we are where we expected to be,” team principal, Mike Krack, said. “We’ve closed the gap to the front but it’s ultra-competitive and the pack is very tight.”

Things are far from bad for the team with Fernando Alonso scoring in all six grand prix of the season so far, but he has finished lower than he qualified at each event, suggesting that they still have work to do on their race pace.

“Coming into this year, we expected to be fifth fastest and that’s where we’ve often been in race trim,” Krack said. “In qualifying, we’ve often been third fastest which has been positive, and we’re working hard on developing the car to make sure we can capitalise on our strong performance over one lap.”

Obviously, Aston Martin are not resting on their laurels and plan to introduce updates this weekend at Imola to close the gap further, though they are far from the only team to do so.

“We’re bringing an update to Imola as part of our continuous programme of in-season development,” Krack explained. “This should address several areas for improvement that we’ve identified, but it’s all relative – nobody stands still in F1 – and our competitors will be bringing new parts too.”

While improving their pace is crucial, it’s not the only element they are improving.

“Operationally, we’ve been very strong,” Krack added. “Our pit stops have consistently been among the fastest and we have not lost a minute of track time because of any operational glitches.

“As a team, we’ve executed well throughout the campaign and that is down to the hard work and dedication of everyone both at the Campus and the track.”

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