Be the world champion. It is the aim that is between Fernando Alonso’s brows. He made this clear after the Monaco Grand Prix race, where he climbed to the second drawer of the podium, a position he had not achieved for nine years.
The two-time world champion has achieved five podiums in the first six races, equaling the records of 2005 and 2006, the two years in which he was declared world champion.
Despite the undeniable superiority of Red Bull, which has won the first six grands prix of 2023, Alonso believes Aston Martin is moving in the right direction to bridge that gap and fight for the championship.
“In 2010 and in 2012…”
In fact, there are two examples of situations that Aston Martin is going through in which Fernando Alonso fought for the World Cup. This happened in 2010 and 2012, when Ferrari’s gap to Red Bull was even greater than the current gap between Aston Martin and the Austrian team.
Alonso is clinging to what happened in those years to retain the options to fight for this 2023 championship.
“We are not the fastest either, but we were not the fastest in 2010 and we were leading in the last race. Not even in 2012, and we arrived in Brazil with options. We don’t think about the World Cup, but we It should also not be forgotten. A few clearances from Max or problems like Pérez and you make the cut quickly”, Alonso explained after the race in statements to ‘DAZN’.
In both cases, Alonso managed to maximize a car that was not up to the mark to win in the first half of the season, waiting for improvements to be competitive in the second half.
It’s doing exactly that in 2023, continuing to be an alternative to Red Bull. Who knows if Aston Martin manages a winning car after the summer and the history of 2010 and 2012 could be repeated.