The Aston Martin team was not used to being on top. Fernando Alonso had achieved five podiums in six races (four third places and one second) and established himself in third place in the Drivers’ Championship and a real option to fight for.
However, not everything was as usual at the Spanish Grand Prix. Lance Stroll could advance no further than sixth, while Fernando Alonso was seventh after a poor classification.
Mike Krach, Aston Martin’s team leader, met the media present at Montmelo and described the race as “disappointing” due to the low top speed of his cars. Furthermore, Mercedes’ move to the front saw them move up to third in the Constructors’ World Championship.
Luxembourger said, “Our pace was a bit disappointing, especially on the soft tyres. We didn’t have the pace and we need to understand why.”
Still, Mike Krach is cautious and isn’t jumping to conclusions right away: “We didn’t have the full picture today. We’ll have to wait two or three races to see where you are, the rest of the guys have made strides.” ” “We added 14 points, so it’s not a play,” he added.
Back to ‘normal’ in Canada?
Fernando Alonso remains third on the drivers’ list. Of course, the men of Red Bull are increasingly unattainable. Verstappen is the undisputed world leader with 170 points, followed by his teammate Sergio Pérez with 117.
However, Mike Krach is already aiming to introduce some improvements for the next race in Montreal that will allow Aston Martin to fight for top positions again. “Something that would come to Canada, it would be a step up,” Crack said.