“Everyone Wrote Us Off”: Aston Martin Boss Reveals the Vengeful Motivation Behind Fernando Alonso’s Heroic Comeback in Canada

Published 06/24/2023, 1:15 PM EDT

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 Fernando Alonso has had an absolute roller coaster ride in his F1 career. Although, with the kind of renaissance, Alonso has witnessed with Aston Martin, few would detest these happy days for him. Still many wrote Aston Martin and Fernando off as this 2023 season had been progressing. But, Alonso showed his prowess again clinching another podium in Montreal in a mega comeback drive. Aston’s team boss reveals how the Spaniard utilized every ounce of his motivation to shut off his remaining doubters. Why were Alonso & Aston written off despite being the 2nd fastest this season?

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Mercedes brought major upgrades to Monaco that exhibited the true pace of the B-Spec W14 at the Spanish GP. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were flying in Barcelona and both of them finished on the podium. Aston Martin on the other hand struggled at the front end tire limited Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya and finished P6 and P7. Many expected it to be the end of the staggering start to their season and the rise of Mercedes as a key Red Bull challenger. 

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However, Aston Martin brought major upgrades to the Canadian GP and defeated the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton despite the fact that Fernando Alonso was nursing a fuel system problem. The Aston Martin TP stated, how “After Barcelona, ​​everyone wrote us off that we were completely defeated.” Nonetheless, even Fernando had stated how he wished to crush Aston’s rivals like Mercedes & Ferrari in Canada. Krack too seconded Alonso’s thoughts after his Montreal heroics.

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When asked about the frustration of not getting on the top step and Max Verstappen leading the way, Mile Krack revealed the motivation behind Fernando Alonso’s comeback in Canada. According to Motorsport-Total.com, Mike Krack said “It’s a challenge. Because we have a car and a driver who absolutely wants to do it, and there is not much missing. That’s motivation. And we have to do everything we can to close the gap in the next races.”

Despite the blistering pace in Canada, the true pace of the upgraded AMR23 is still unknown. Fernando Alonso’s radio call during the race advising that he wants to win this race only points toward the fact that the true pace is yet to be revealed. 

The Upgraded Aston Martin has yet to show its full potential

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Canada was only the first race where Fernando Alonso and Co. brought the heavily revised AMR23. However, Practice 1 was suspended and the other two sessions had mixed weather conditions. Therefore, Aston Martin probably wasn’t able to run their programs how they wanted to. Also, the package was probably not fully optimized. Ralf Schumacher believes that the layout of the circuit in Canada also did not help in showcasing the full potential of the new upgrades. 

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According to Motorsport-Total.com, Ralf Schumacher said “The update has fascinated me a bit. But I think Canada was a route where the update did not come into play one hundred percent. That’s why I’m curious.”

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.
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