Alonso: We need to pick-up where we left off in Australia

Alonso: We need to pick-up where we left off in Australia

Alonso: We need to pick-up where we left off in Australia
Fernando Alonso, gearing up for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, is targeting a continuation of the strong form he and Aston Martin have showed so far this Formula 1 season.

Three podiums in three races is a result Fernando Alonso would never have imagined when he signed his contract with Aston Martin in 2022, as the British team are enjoying the best start of an F1 season under their current moniker.

Baku is the race where Sebastian Vettel gave the team their first F1 podium, a second place in 2021, and Alonso is determined to continue his streak in 2023 around the streets of the Azerbaijan capital city.

The weekend in Baku will feature the first of six Sprint Race weekends this season, with a new format being confirmed, and with many expecting chaos as 20 F1 cars sprint around the treacherous street track, Alonso would fancy to capitalize and score some decent points.

“It’s good to be back after a few weeks away from racing,” the Spaniard said in Aston Martin‘s race preview. “I have recharged the batteries after a high adrenaline start to the season, and I am now looking forward to Baku.

Baku offers lots of opportunities

“The circuit presents us drivers with a unique challenge, as we face lots of tight slow-speed street sections and then extremely high-speed straights that create lots of opportunities for risk and reward,” he added.

“I’m excited to see the return of the Sprint this weekend too. We’ve seen some fun races in the past there and I’m sure it’ll be no different, especially now with two qualifying sessions and two races.

“After three races we know our car better, but we need to pick-up where we left off in Australia and keep up the development push over the next few races,” he concluded.

Indeed, Alonso has recently warned his team that from this point of the season onwards, they would have to make sure they keep up the pace of the updates for their impressive AMR23 as other teams, especially Ferrari and Mercedes, will now start pushing the development of their own cars. Can Aston Martin keep up?