Fernando Alonso believes Aston Martin still outperforms McLaren this F1 Season

Fernando Alonso (motorsportweek.com)

Despite McLaren’s recent surge in performance, Fernando Alonso continues to be optimistic about Aston Martin’s F1 season, emphasizing the team’s position in the championship standings.

As the Formula 1 season progresses, Aston Martin finds itself in a position ahead of McLaren in the Constructors’ standings, which has led Fernando Alonso to highlight that his team is having a better season, even though McLaren’s recent results have been strong.

Aston Martin’s season started impressively, with six podium finishes in the first eight races. However, the team has seen a dip in performance since then, while McLaren has made substantial progress. Double podiums in recent races have brought McLaren closer to Aston Martin in the Constructors’ standings, reducing the gap to just 11 points.

While it seems likely that McLaren will eventually overtake Aston Martin in the standings, Fernando Alonso remains optimistic about his team’s results. He emphasized that he is proud of the progress Aston Martin has made in the 2023 season compared to the previous year.

Alonso stated that Aston Martin has gained 197 more points this season than in the same period last year, highlighting the team’s impressive development. He acknowledged that while many might perceive McLaren as having a better season due to their recent success, Aston Martin is still ahead in the championship.

Alonso remains optimistic about Aston Martin’s performance, and he is looking forward to the 2024 season, believing that the team can continue to improve and be competitive.

The upcoming United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas will present its own set of challenges, with a combination of low, medium, and high-speed corners. However, Alonso pointed out that the Sprint format, which allows only one hour of practice before parc ferme conditions, will be the more significant challenge.

He expressed that the Sprint format makes it difficult to fine-tune the car setup, as teams have limited practice time. Despite this challenge, Alonso remains confident in his team’s ability to adapt and perform well in these unique conditions.

The recent surge in McLaren’s performance has made the battle for fourth place in the Constructors’ standings more intense. Both teams will continue to push for better results as the F1 season progresses.