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Aston Martin boss praises drivers for approach to team problems

With their much-discussed upgrade package not delivering the results they had hoped for, Aston Martin continue to face issues with their car. Team boss Mike Krack has explained how the drivers are dealing with this.

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Aston Martin boss Mike Krack has praised the team's drivers for how they have coped with recent issues plaguing the squad.

The British outfit introduced an upgrade package at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, causing much discussion at the time due to some of the modifications – particularly in terms of the sidepods and engine cover – drawing comparisons to Red Bull's RB18.

Aston Martin were cleared of any wrongdoing by the FIA over the matter.

In terms of the impact on track, the updates have not delivered the performance boost that the team had hoped for, and Krack admits that Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll have spoken of some continued issues affecting the AMR22.

Aston Martin outline main issues

"The drivers are mainly always complaining about grip and balance," Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"So obviously, when you push it really hard – which I always think, when you have a car that is not quick enough, you over push or you try to over push – you have balance problems.

"We have had sessions where to go faster, you need more grip. We struggle in all high-speed areas. In Canada, there was less of them. In Baku, there was less of them.

"[The] car is quite okay, I think, in the low-speed corners, but as soon as it goes high-speed, we are lacking."

Vettel and Stroll praised for not getting "frustrated"

When asked how the drivers are handling the team's current difficulties, Krack commended them for their continued feedback and motivation.

"Both drivers, we have to really say hats off [to them for] how they cope with it, how constructive they still are with us," Krack explained.

"There is no bad word, nothing at all. We try to do this together, try to get out [of the issues] together. They give us very good feedback.

"It would be easy for them to get frustrated, but this is not what happens.

"Both Lance and Sebastian [are] very constructive in all the meetings, and you could not sense any lack of pushing or motivation from the current situation."

How the team are approaching upcoming races

Given the car's issues in high-speed areas, Krack was quizzed on whether he is particularly looking forward to the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July, given that low-speed parts of the Hungaroring could suit the AMR22 more.

However, Krack is not favouring one circuit over another, despite the team's current issues.

"Personally, I'm looking forward to all the tracks, because [it's the] reason why we are all here," he commented.

"There is not one track where I would say, 'No, I don't want to go there because the car performance is bad'.

"It's a challenge. We knew when we went to Silverstone [and Austria], that it [was] going to be tough.

"But still you try to do your maximum and try to do as best as you can, and move the car as far forward as possible.

"If it doesn't work as you expect, you have to [try] harder next time."

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