Aston Martin on a ‘good progession’ but realistic over P6 chance

Jamie Woodhouse
Aston Martin's Lance Stroll & Sebastian Vettel at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2022.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll & Sebastian Vettel at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2022.

P6 in the Constructors’ standings now seems very much on for Aston Martin, but team boss Mike Krack is stressing the need to stay realistic.

Aston Martin are one of Formula 1’s most intriguing outfits in terms of their potential for growth, the team having brought in key personnel such as Martin Whitmarsh, the ex-McLaren Racing CEO, to take over that position at Aston Martin, as well as snatching Red Bull’s aero chief Dan Fallows.

From 2023, Aston Martin will also gain the services of Fernando Alonso, who this season has shown that despite being 41 years of age he is still operating at the peak of his abilities.

Before those puzzle pieces can influence 2023 though, Aston Martin still very much have business to attend to when it comes to the 2022 Constructors’ Championship.

Having languished in P9 for much of the campaign, Aston Martin have scored 20 points across the most recent rounds in Singapore and Japan, a P6 each for Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel, the latter also finishing P8 in Singapore.

This has brought Aston Martin right back into play against the struggling Alfa Romeo, Haas and AlphaTauri teams.

Aston Martin are now up to P7, with Alfa Romeo only seven points further up the road with four races of the season remaining.

Alfa Romeo have scored only one point in their last nine races, so the form book dictates that Aston Martin should be claiming a P6 finish this season.

Krack, though, is urging that his team cannot get carried away by such thoughts.

Sebastian Vettel driving at Suzuka. Suzuka, October 2022.
Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel drives at a wet Suzuka during a practice session. Suzuka, October 2022.

“Confidence is not everything – you also have to have a quick car, because with confidence alone we don’t do much,” Krack told Motorsport.com.

“We know where we are with our car, we have made some steps over the year. But still, in a regular race we will struggle to finish sixth.

“We need to stay realistic. There are four more races to go. If we manage to score or to continue scoring, there’s a chance we can still grab a position.

“But the situation can also turn quickly. If one of the rival teams is scoring significantly, also we could lose a position.

“It’s four races, it’s still long, and we need to really keep our game up. But certainly, I think in the 12 last races we have scored 10 times. I think you can see we are on a good progression.”

The United States, Mexican, Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix remain to close out the 2022 campaign, all tracks Krack does not expect to be perfectly suited to Aston Martin but equally ones where there could be opportunities for the strong results needed to snatch P6.

“The next races are all very similar in terms of characteristics,” said Krack. “They are not the kind of Baku, Singapore and Monaco track [where Aston Martin scored points]. So it will be more difficult for us than the ones I mentioned.

“We could have rain in Sao Paulo, we have a sprint in Sao Paulo as well. So there are still some opportunities.

“There is no track now that is upcoming where we think it would be really bad for us. So let’s see.”

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