During the race weekend in Monza, Aston Martin was not competitive at all. After his ninth place, Fernando Alonso was especially happy that the race was over and that he had finished in the points after all.
After some difficult races before the summer break, there was renewed hope in Zandvoort for Aston Martin that they had taken a step forward in terms of competitiveness. After all, Alonso finished on the podium in Zandvoort, but he immediately tempered expectations.
And yes, his prediction came true, because in Monza Aston Martin was not competitive at all. Alonso was therefore happy that the race was over and that within two weeks a completely different type of track will be driven that probably suits the Aston Martin F1 car much better.
“It was a very demanding race, mentally and physically to drive the car with very little grip which made it tricky to drive,” Alonso reflected on his race.
“So for me this was one of the hardest races of the year and it’s the worst result. It was an anonymous race, no one will remember this race of mine but I will definitely do that in my bed because it was a very tough race.”
Alonso hopes that Aston Martin will mainly learn lessons from this race.
“There are many, many lessons to be learned from this race,” said the two-time world champion. “We weren’t competitive so our focus should be on understanding this type of track and what we need to do differently in the future, for next year when we come back here.”
“We were slow from start to finish. We want to fight for a better position than ninth place, so we have to take these points with us and hopefully we will learn from it.”