Fernando Alonso says Aston Martin produced their greatest efficiency of the season to date in Miami and urged his group to maintain up the strain on Crimson Bull.
In a race which ran with out an interruption from begin to end, Alonso completed simply over 20 seconds behind race winner Max Verstappen.
He admitted it’s “going to be tough” for Aston Martin to shut the hole to their rivals, however is hopeful they may make beneficial properties over the remainder of the season.
“The hole is sort of massive, although I believe at the moment has been our greatest race tempo but within the season,” he stated. “We completed, I believe, closest to the leaders. No Security Vehicles, nothing within the race and we’re nonetheless fairly quick. So let’s see.
“I believe the season goes to be lengthy. Hopefully a number of the tracks we might be a little bit bit nearer to them and a number of the upgrades that we are going to usher in later within the season perhaps put us in a distinct or extra aggressive place.”
Aston Martin completed seventh within the constructors’ championship final 12 months however are second after the primary 5 grands prix. Alonso says holding onto that place needs to be their precedence.
“Our major focus, to be sincere, is simply trying behind and making an attempt to maintain Mercedes and Ferrari within the constructors’ championship beneath management,” he stated. “I believe Crimson Bull, we have now to simply accept they’re doing a greater job than everybody else and we have to do a greater job.”
Nonetheless following his fourth third-place end to date this season Alonso admitted he’s eager to seize any alternative to complete additional up the rostrum.
“Clearly we need to do one step increased within the podium in P2 and finally at some point we have now a possibility to win a race,” he stated. “However in the meanwhile it didn’t occur as a result of Crimson Bull is best than us, is stronger, is quicker and the reliability has been at all times excellent for them as nicely, ending each automobiles in each race.
“So if at some point there’s a crack there, if there is a chance, we have to be sure that we’re in that place and we’re nonetheless not making errors at any level within the weekend.”
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