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Alonso: A good race from us with no reward

Alonso: A good race from us with no reward

Alonso: A good race from us with no reward

Fernando Alonso lamented a good 2023 United States Grand Prix for Aston Martin that ended up with no reward after he had to retire his AMR23 due to damage.

Aston Martin came to Austin with a major upgrade package to their AMR23, in an attempt to recapture their early season form, but they were in for a nasty surprise.

The AMR23 went backwards with the new upgrade, and whether that was due to the package itself, or whether the limited practice time over the Sprint weekend meant they could not optimize it is yet to be seen.

But the fact that the team reverted Alonso to his Qatar-spec car for the race, hence starting from the pitlane delivered a damning verdict on the team’s new parts. Lance Stroll however kept the new package but his car’s setup was fully overhauled and he also started from the pitlane.

Alonso drove his Aston Martin into the points last Sunday but towards the end of the race he had to retire the after picking up damage.

Alonso told reported right after the race: “It was a tremendous race from Aston Martin,”

“I started from the pit lane, [and we] probably [could have] both finished in the points – P8, P9, that was the target for the final stint.

“We felt faster than [in] the previous sessions this weekend here in Austin, so we have to learn,” the double Formula 1 Champion noted.

“We did a lot of tests in the car between the Sprint and the race, and both cars [had a] different configuration as well, so we have to put all that data [on] the table and get to Mexico more prepared and with the best configuration possible,” he added.

The #14 Aston Martin retired with seven laps to go

As for the cause of his retirement, Alonso said: “Still under investigation, I think something on the floor underneath or the rear suspension or something. It’s a very bumpy track, very aggressive on kerbs.

“Initially I felt something on the suspension, so it was not safe anymore to run. It hurts, because when you start from the pit lane and you are in the points, maybe P8.

“It was a good race from us with no reward,” the 42-year-old concluded.

Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack later confirmed the reason behind Alonso’s retirement in the team’s post race report.

“Fernando looked destined to score points too, until he picked up floor damage, which forced him to retire with just seven laps to go,” Krack revealed.

For once in a while now Stroll had the better race than Alonso, and finished the race in ninth, which became seventh after Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc got disqualified.

“It’s good to be back in the points after some difficult races,” Stroll said. “The set-up changes we made to optimise the performance have definitely put us in the right direction; we were much more competitive today.

“I had good grip in the corners, especially once we fitted the Medium compound, and I was able to make a few good overtakes going into Turn 12.

“We’ll be working hard to take this momentum into Mexico next week,” the under-pressure Canadian concluded.

Aston Martin leave Austin having lost their fourth place in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship to McLaren.