(Motorsport-Total.com) – After finishing just fourth in Baku, Fernando Alonso is back on the podium with a third-place finish at the Miami Grand Prix. It was the fourth third place for an Aston Martin driver of the season. But joy in it is mixed with hunger for a better job.
Fernando Alonso is currently unable to counter the dominance of Red Bull
However, after the race in Miami, Alonso stated that Aston Martin had to accept that Red Bull was still an important step forward. The gap between race winner Max Verstappen was 26 seconds against Sergio Perez’s 20 seconds.
However, the 41-year-old believes the weekend will come when Red Bull make a mistake – and that Aston Martin can then seize the opportunity.
“Obviously we want to get on the podium to finish second and maybe one day we will have a chance to win the race,” says Alonso. “But it hasn’t happened yet because Red Bull is better than us.”
Alonso: “If one day there is a crack…”
“They are stronger, faster and always have excellent reliability as they have taken both cars home in every race. But if one day there is a crack we have to make sure we are there and that we are not at any point making mistakes over the weekend,” said the Spaniard.
Although Alonso was able to match Red Bull’s speed in a few race stints, the opponent still had a significant advantage over the entire Grand Prix distance.
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That’s why he thinks it’s too early to believe Aston Martin can step up to challenge the world champion. But the 32-time race winner hints things may change as the season progresses.
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“I think the year is going to be difficult,” Alonso said when asked about his chances of winning this Formula 1 season. “The difference is quite big, although I think we showed our best racing pace this season here.”
“We finished the race closest to the front, I think, with no safety cars and no racing issues. And we’re still very fast, so let’s wait and see. The season is going to be a long one.”
“We hope to be a little closer on some tracks and maybe some of the upcoming upgrades put us in a different, more competitive position.”
“But honestly I think our main focus is looking back and trying to keep Mercedes and Ferrari under control in the Constructors’ Championship. We have to accept that Red Bull is doing better than everyone else and we have to do better.”
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