With Fernando Alonso there is an Aston Martin on the front row and that makes team boss Mike Krack believe in any chances of winning during the race.
Fernando Alonso drove a very strong weekend in Bahrain and the two-time world champion also performed very well in Saudi Arabia. Alonso was third fastest in qualifying, but due to the grid penalty for Charles Leclerc, he can start the race from P2, next to pole sitter Sergio Perez on the front row.
Team boss Mike Krack says he even believes in a possible victory, especially since Fernando Alonso does not have to compete against Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen at the front at the same time, which of course makes a significant difference strategically.
“We have proven that the car performs well here as well,” said Krack. “When you start from the front row, you don’t race for second place. I’d be surprised if Fernando thought otherwise. The entire team tries to get the best out of the car. We’re not here to finish second. There is only one Red Bull there.”
According to Krack, the characteristics of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit may mean that Verstappen, who has to start the race from fifteenth place, will not have it so easy to get further ahead.
“I think it won’t be that easy to overtake everyone,” said Krack. “I mean, it’s pretty narrow here, but anything can happen during the race. We are very positive.”