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Alonso concerned Aston Martin are ‘back in the midfield’ after team fail to score in Monaco

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 26: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR24 Mercedes

Fernando Alonso has expressed his concern after failing to score any points in Monaco on Sunday, the second straight race he hasn’t managed to finish in the top 10 after scoring in the opening six races.

His P11 was at least more encouraging than the 19th-place finish he delivered in Imola, but there are reasons to be concerned for Aston Martin heading into the middle part of the season.

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The start of the season saw a clear split between the top teams – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Aston Martin – and the rest, but of late the field has closed up. RB are a regular feature in the top 10, and Haas have made forays into the points as well. Alpine are improving, and Williams are showing promise in the hands of Alex Albon.

As such, Aston Martin are finding points harder to come by of late, with Alonso and Lance Stroll failing to deliver any in the Principality. They did at least try an alternate strategy to mix things up, with Alonso playing the team game and backing up the pack to create a gap for Stroll to pit and chase after the last point on offer, but the Canadian hit the walls and punctured his tyre to end any chances of a point as he came home 14th.

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin Aramco at drivers parade before the Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand

Aston Martin seem to be going backwards of late, which is concerning their star driver

“It was a tough race, unlucky again – the whole weekend it seemed like we were in the wrong moment always," said Alonso. "It was no different in the race, started on the hard tyre to go very long and then with the red flag we had to fit the medium and go to the end on the medium, which was a little bit unexpected.

“All in all difficult weekend, obviously you learn a lot from the difficulties so that’s what we try to do but tough one… [It’s] obviously not ideal, the current form, we seem to go back to the midfield instead of looking at the front runners.

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“But these things can change quickly, we saw with many other examples how quickly things can change, a good upgrade on the car and you can move five or six positions, so that is what we want to do on the next one and we work hard on that direction.”

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: 14th placed qualifier Lance Stroll of Canada and Aston Martin F1 Team

Stroll has only managed to score three times this season, finishing a lowly 14th in Monaco

Aston Martin haven’t confirmed when their next big upgrades will be arriving, the team having already brought parts in Japan and a larger package to Imola. The Japan package seemed to move them very much into the mix with Mercedes – but now the others seem to have pulled away again, thanks to upgrades of their own.

“We don’t seem to be super competitive right now so we have to sort some stuff out and find some pace in the car,” said Stroll after Monaco.

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Team Principal Mike Krack added: “It's been another tough day, compromised by qualifying outside of the points scoring positions on Saturday. Now is the time to regroup as a team, focus on improvements and come back stronger in Canada.”

Canada at least was a strong race for Aston Martin last season, with Alonso picking up a podium in Montreal – but on current form, repeating that result looks a tough ask for the Silverstone team.

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