Krack reflects on Aston Martin’s stunning start to 2023 but namechecks potential bogey tracks coming up
Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has hailed the squad’s calm and methodical approach for complementing a much-improved package this season, resulting in four podiums from the first five races.
Aston Martin returned to the F1 grid in 2021 and logged successive seventh-place finishes in the constructors’ standings, but they now find themselves second to Red Bull after making up plenty of ground over their rivals.
Aside from a Q1 exit with Lance Stroll last time out in Miami, there have been few negatives to report for the team in green, and Krack believes this is down to the fundamental operational processes and procedures that are in place.
“I think it shows we are a strong team,” he said, when asked for his thoughts on Aston Martin’s consistent form versus the fluctuating performances from rivals Ferrari and Mercedes.
“It shows that we are not taking gambles, we are not playing the lottery, but we are making choices based on data, based on the results we have – that is also one of the reasons why we can be as consistent.”
But as for whether top-three finishes are now starting to feel ‘normal’, Krack commented: “No, no, no, no, no – feet on the ground. You should never take a podium in F1 as a normal or as a given.
“It’s a lot of hard work involved to be on the podium, and you have very, very strong competitors in F1, very professional, and if you are not 100% in all areas at all times, then there is no podium.”
Aston Martin have performed well at the five circuits visited so far, but Krack admits a selection of particularly high-speed venues coming up pose a few final question marks over the all-round performance of the AMR23, saying: “I think Monza and Las Vegas, Spa maybe.
“But there is still time until then, so we can do some developments. I think as a team it’s good, you need to learn how your car behaves, how your car is compared to the competition.
“We hear left and right that Mercedes will have big steps coming, so we must not let down [our development], but I think also we must not focus on a single race, like Monza or whatever – we’ll take them as they come now and try to do the best.”