Alonso delighted with ‘boost’ for Aston Martin after double points result at Silverstone

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 6: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team being interviewed

Fernando Alonso was satisfied with Aston Martin’s double points result in their home race at the British Grand Prix, with the Spaniard confident that the outcome has given a “good boost” to the squad heading into the next races on the calendar.

After two challenging weekends in Spain and Austria – during which the team failed to score any points – things looked to have markedly improved as the action got underway at Silverstone, as Alonso and team mate Lance Stroll found themselves closer to the top of the timesheets in Friday’s opening practice session.

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Both cars then qualified within the top-10 before going on to take home valuable points for the team on Sunday, with Stroll crossing the line in P7 ahead of Alonso in P8 in a race of changing weather conditions.

Asked afterwards if he was pleased to get those points on the board, Alonso responded: “Yeah, definitely. With both cars [scoring] points, I think it’s never easy – you can have a DNF, you can crash, you can make a big mistake on the tyre choice, all this kind of thing. So to execute the race more or less trouble-free is already a success.”

Alonso: Double points finish at Silverstone ‘a good boost’ for Aston Martin

Following some ups and downs for Aston Martin during the season so far, Alonso is hopeful that the team have gained a better understanding of their package, offering a sense of optimism entering into the next races in Hungary and Belgium.

“I think we understood a few mistakes that maybe we made in Barcelona and Austria,” the two-time world champion explained. “We regrouped after Austria, and we wanted to do definitely better in our home Grand Prix, in front of our employees, our factory here.

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“So [I’m] happy with seventh and eighth for the team. It’s a good boost into Hungary and Spa so, yeah, a much better weekend.”

Stroll echoed his team mate’s sentiments of the result providing some extra encouragement to the squad going forward.

Aston Martin’s Silverstone points haul ‘a big uplift for the team’ – Stroll

“It was great,” the Canadian commented on the race. “A big uplift for the team this weekend, we were quick since Lap 1 of FP1. A really solid weekend.”

Like Alonso, Stroll also believes that Aston Martin “have an idea” of why the car is now feeling better.

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“We changed a few bits coming into this weekend, so I think we learned a lot, and hopefully we can keep it up going forward,” the 25-year-old added.


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