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Aston Martin

Alonso urges Aston Martin to 'keep eye' on rivals

The Silverstone-based outfit has taken a step down the pecking order in recent races.

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Fernando Alonso remains relaxed over Aston Martin's position in F1 despite being usurped by McLaren at the British Grand Prix.

The Spaniard began the season as Max Verstappen and Red Bull's nearest challenger and whilst six podiums in the opening 10 races is a strong return, the Silverstone-based outfit has taken a step backwards behind Mercedes and Ferrari since the Spanish Grand Prix.

Despite a return to form in Canada and the topsy-turvy nature of the pecking order as teams add upgrade packages from race to race, Aston Martin has seemingly settled behind its more established rivals.

But at Silverstone, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri enjoyed improved performance from their MCL60s as McLaren's latest upgrade paid dividends - the Briton finishing second and his rookie teammate fourth, only denied a podium by an ill-timed Safety Car.

Addressing Mclaren's upturn in form, Alonso told media including RacingNews365.com: "They are very fast but they are a lot of points behind, so we should have enough space to keep the distance to them.

"It is not that they will always be in the points, we are dividing all the points between us so it is difficult to have a big run on anyone.

"With McLaren, in the Constructors', we have enough of an advantage but obviously, we need to keep an eye.

"On Mercedes and Ferrari, it is going to be tight until the end."

Dismissing fears over Aston Martin's own form, two-time champion Alonso added: "If someone else is faster than us, we cannot do anything.

"We just need to understand, we need to learn from the things we do and be happy with the position we are in - not happy with P7 when last year, they were dead last.

"Lando was P6 in Silverstone last year, Latifi was P10, so let's see in Abu Dhabi, but two races ago in Canada, we were fighting for the win.

"It is not that the first races we were on the podium and then we step back, so I am relaxed."


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