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Alonso: I was in sync with the AMR23

Alonso: I was in sync with the AMR23

Alonso: I was in sync with the AMR23

Fernando Alonso finally found his way back to the Formula 1 podium with his second place at the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix, on a day he was in sync with his AMR23.

The Spaniard returned to the podium after a four-race absence, and he did that in style, as he delivered a masterful performance on a day where the weather, Safety Cars, and Red flags threw curved balls throughout the race, but Alonso was in the zone, delivering a second place on a day when his AMR23 was not the second fastest car.

In fact McLaren were arguably the second fastest car on the day, and maybe Mercedes, but both of them messed up their decisions when it came to switching from slick to Intermediate tyres at the start of the race, and paid dearly for it, while Aston Martin scored a home run in that department.

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The only glitch might be the botched pit stop that cost Alonso a place to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, but the Aston Martin ace chased down his compatriot and retook the position with ease, and later capitalized on an error from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to bag his second place.

Reflecting on his race, after which he was voted driver of the day and scored the extra point for the fastest lap, Alonso said in Aston Martin‘s race report: “It’s a nice feeling to be back on the podium after a very intense race and some intense emotions.

“I think P2 and fastest lap was the maximum we could have achieved today with the heavy rain and the red flag. It was a very well executed race by our team and it means a lot in front of the passionate fans here in Zandvoort.

“The AMR23 responded well to everything today and I was in sync with it, it was a good feeling. I’m probably happier now than I was scoring podiums at the beginning of the year because after we struggled for podiums in July, coming back strong feels incredible.

Alonso did not have full chance to attack Verstappen

“I cannot lie, I thought about passing Max [Verstappen] and if I was side by side with him I wouldn’t have lifted off, but I did not have the full chance,” the double F1 Champion admitted. “You need some intuition sometimes in the race and there was a bit of rain so I attacked very aggressively.

“Now I’m looking forward to Monza,” Alonso, who is chasing his 33rd F1 win, concluded.

Mike Krack, Aston Martin’s Team Principal, hailed the job done by his team and Alonso, he said: “What a race! A fantastic second place for Fernando and the team.

“Fernando delivered a well-judged race, survived the tricky conditions, and showed strong pace in the wet and the dry.

“This result will mean a huge amount to the entire team at track and back at the Campus, and shows our hard work is paying off.

“It means we have broken the 200-point barrier for the first time and gives us real momentum going into the final races of the year,” Krack concluded.

Alonso’s result means Aston Martin reduced the gap to Mercedes in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship by 11 points. They remain third behind the eight-time F1 Constructors Champions.