Alonso took his first podium in seven races in final week’s Brazilian Grand Prix after popping out on high of an exciting battle with Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez on the final lap.
With team-mate Lance Stroll fifth, it was a return to type for Aston Martin after impressing with six podiums throughout the primary eight races earlier than fading away into midfield obscurity following the summer season break.
Its downturn in efficiency reached a nadir within the first two races of the Americas triple-header, with Alonso and Stroll eradicated in Q1 at Austin, although Stroll benefited from two disqualifications to seize seventh within the race.
In Mexico, Alonso certified thirteenth and Stroll took a pitlane begin after qualifying in 18th, earlier than each drivers retired from the race.
Alonso defined that “painful” experiments to search out instructions for the 2024 automotive led to the staff’s worst type of the season.
“I believe we have been struggling for a number of months, however the final two races had been most likely fairly painful,” Alonso mentioned, after securing his eighth podium of the marketing campaign, which has given Aston an outdoor likelihood to nonetheless beat McLaren for fourth.
“We needed to experiment just a little bit on a number of issues on the automotive to essentially perceive the path that we had been going and we’ve got to go for subsequent yr’s automotive as effectively, so these races had been painful, particularly Mexico.
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Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB19
“We had been very gradual as a staff, [but] it was good to see everybody within the staff very targeted, the willpower within the staff was so good from the skin to see and to go deep within the evaluation and get again stronger in Interlagos.”
After discovering the suitable automotive configuration for Brazil, the Spaniard is hopeful the ultimate 2023 races in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi will extra carefully resemble Sao Paulo than the earlier two weekends.
“I believe so. No less than nearer to those than Mexico, that is for positive,” the two-time F1 world champion mentioned. “I believe there are a few issues which were understood contained in the staff and the path to go. We had some hopes for this race they usually proved to be proper.
“And now, why not be aggressive within the final two? I do not know [about] the extent of the rostrum. However hopefully, within the combine, that will likely be a cheerful place for us.”
He added: “I used to be just a little bit involved, little doubt, for the previous few races and possibly the ultimate a part of the championship and now I can’t wait to go to Vegas. So, it is a very totally different power when you will have a performing automotive.”