Why Aston Martin have still not satisfied Lawrence Stroll’s grand vision

Jamie Woodhouse
Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin, arriving at Silverstone.

Aston Martin boss Lawrence Stroll arriving at the British Grand Prix.

Aston Martin are Formula 1’s most improved team, but for their owner Lawrence Stroll, this achievement is not enough.

When Stroll led a consortium which bought shares in Aston Martin Lagonda, leading to the rebranding of his Racing Point Formula 1 team, it marked the return of an iconic brand to the grid and one with lofty ambitions.

While peak Racing Point came in 2020, the team winning the Sakhir Grand Prix that year courtesy of Sergio Perez, Stroll saw a team in Aston Martin which would become a leading force in Formula 1, stacking up wins to claim title glory.

Additional reporting by Michael Lamonato

And a big step has been made towards such a goal in F1 2023, Aston Martin going from P7 finishers in last year’s Constructors’ standings, to now sitting P2 with new recruit Fernando Alonso having made the podium at all three rounds so far.

It is the kind of success which has certainly put a beaming smile on Alonso’s face, his switch from Alpine to Aston Martin already paying off handsomely, but while this performance leap has made Stroll happy too it has not satisfied him.

Asked by media, including PlanetF1.com, how discussions have gone with Stroll and what his reaction has been to the success, Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack said: “Well, it’s quite easy, Lawrence’s mission statement is very clear.

“He has not been having any delay in telling us, ‘when are we going to win the next one?’

“Obviously, he’s happy that we have made a step, but this is not enough for his ambitions. And the good thing is with Lawrence you know where you’re standing. He wants more, and we will have to deliver more.”

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Positive pressure for Aston Martin

While it may seem on the face of it that Stroll is being a tad demanding, actually it is this kind of ambition and pressure which can push Aston Martin to the very top.

After all, this weight of expectation has not hurt Aston Martin, quite the opposite, with their major recruitment drive already paying off on the track, while their brand new factory is nearing completion.

Alonso made a reference seemingly intended for his former team Alpine early in the year when he said that Aston Martin are not satisfied with fourth, and this is the kind of mentality needed for the kind of rapid progress which Aston Martin has made.

Sure, the gradual increase route works too, ticking off major goals reached like Alpine are looking to do, but with Stroll’s plan for World Championship success only affording five years, Aston Martin do not exactly have the luxury of time!