Aston Martin tease ‘something is coming’ to rival Mercedes upgrades

Michelle Foster
Fernando Alonso surrounded by Aston Martin mechanics. Bahrain March 2023

Double World Champion Fernando Alonso surrounded by Aston Martin mechanics. Bahrain March 2023

Wanting more from Aston Martin after falling behind Mercedes in Spain, Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has confirmed that “something is coming” for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Off the podium at his home race in Barcelona, Alonso wasn’t dejected by the result but instead determinedly said that “it will not happen again” and that Spain was Aston Martin’s “last race without podiums”.

But with Mercedes having taken a notable step forward with the introduction of their B-spec W14, Alonso is facing tight competition for that final spot on the podium.

In Spain it went to Mercedes where Lewis Hamilton and George Russell capitalised on an off-weekend for Sergio Perez to finish 2-3 behind race winner Max Verstappen.

Alonso has made it clear he not only wants that to be a one-off but he wants to be fighting Verstappen for the race wins, and soon.

“I think that in two weeks we will see a completely different picture and, hopefully, we will fight with the Red Bulls soon,” he said. “In Canada we will bring more stuff, in Silverstone too… It will depend on who brings the improvements.”

He bullishly added: “I think it’s a race and in Canada we crush them.”

Krack is determined to give his star driver what he wants.

“He is right to ask us and push us for that,” said the team boss. “There will be something coming in Canada. It will be a step.” recommends

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According to the numbers compiled by Auto Motor und Sport from the Miami Grand Prix to the Spanish race, Aston Martin were one of the biggest losers in terms of pace, down from a 0.461s deficit to Red Bull to a 0.959s.

That’s largely been put down to the track and the tyres with Aston Martin’s pace in the race not helped by their starting positions, Lance Stroll P5 with Alonso lining up eighth after floor damage robbed his AMR23 of pace in qualifying.

Mercedes in their B-spec W14 were the big winners, the old-spec car 0.583s down in Miami while the revised version was only 0.365s slower than Mercedes.

Krack though, downplayed talk that Aston Martin lost out in the development war with the German saying other factors contributed.

“No, I don’t think so,” he told when asked if rival teams had surged ahead with their updates.

“Because when we look later in the race, when we had the hard tyres on for example, we were completely in the game again compared to the competitor.

“So, we really need to understand what’s happened in the beginning there. It went obviously overcast very quickly, from very sunny to overcast, which we thought would help the soft tyres.

“But we need to understand why there was this difference in competitiveness at different times of the race.”