The improved and stronger design resulted from research and development for 2024, and Pirelli expedited its implementation for the British GP weekend to address the growing downforce levels without increasing minimum pressures.
Although most people in the paddock agreed that the change did not significantly affect the hierarchy, Alonso firmly believes that it has made a difference.
“We are only 10% behind McLaren, so it’s not as negative as the outcome may appear,” he stated. “However, we must enhance our performance; there’s no denying that we have regressed in the recent races while everyone else has progressed.”
It is worth noting that when the new Pirelli tires were introduced at Silverstone, certain teams faced more difficulties while others experienced increased satisfaction with their vehicles.
“It’s not just us, I believe Red Bull has clearly been affected by those tires. They have consistently secured the top two positions in every qualifying session and race, but now they are not even starting from the front.”
Checo Perez is facing difficulties in securing a position within the top 10. During the Silverstone race, I observed that Max Verstappen was merely three seconds ahead of Lando Norris. Therefore, I find the situation somewhat unusual compared to what occurred at Silverstone.
When asked about his opinion on the tires, whether it was influenced by the stopwatch or his experience in the car, he responded: “Both. I believe that the tires can slightly alter the way you perceive the car. However, it can be challenging to remain completely impartial at times.”
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23
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It is evident that we have not made significant enhancements to the car in comparison to our main rivals. Currently, we receive new parts for each team every Thursday, making it quite simple to observe the teams that are consistently introducing a greater number of parts to the grand prix.
“I cannot reword”
After securing the ninth position at Silverstone, the Spanish driver achieved the eighth fastest time in Budapest on Saturday, commemorating the 20th anniversary of his initial triumph in a Renault grand prix.
When Autosport inquired about his afternoon, he expressed contentment with the car. He mentioned that they implemented some modifications before qualifying, which made him feel confident and speedy.
“The typical duration to reach pole position has been around four or five tenths, and today it stands at four-tenths, indicating a usual qualifying session for us.”
“However, there were clearly seven cars in front of us. Therefore, while our qualifying session was average, it was exceptional for several of our key rivals. Consequently, in terms of the outcome, Saturday wasn’t a successful day for us.”