Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has explained how a mixture of weather conditions and tactics helped the outfit to secure their first points of the season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll finished the event in P8 and P10 respectively, after what has been a difficult start to the year for the squad.
Krack has praised both the drivers and the team for the result, particularly given the mixed weather conditions that affected Imola over the weekend, though he admits that further progress is still needed.
"We're happy obviously, because we managed in difficult conditions on Friday and [Sunday] to bring the car back in a better shape than it is by pace," Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com, following the Grand Prix.
"So I think the drivers and the team did a very good job there, in timing the [pit-]stops right, in putting into action what we have learned [on Saturday] from dry running.
"All in all, I'm satisfied with the first points of the season, but we have a long way to go, obviously. So we smile today, and tomorrow, we work hard for the future."
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Krack: Getting points in dry conditions would have been "difficult"
With the track still wet in places at the start of Sunday's race following earlier rainfall, Krack thinks that this helped Aston Martin to perform better than they would have done in dry conditions.
"I don't think that there is much more pace in the car than [there was] previously," he explained.
"A little bit, maybe, because if you look carefully into the Sprint [on Saturday, in dry conditions], we were having to defend heavily. There was no chance we were going to finish in the top 10.
"And as I said, mixed conditions or difficult conditions is where we thought, 'We need to use our tactics as much as we can'. I think in a normal dry race, it would have been very, very difficult for us."
Whilst the team will be hoping to continue this momentum, Krack feels that the result was more based on the weather and circuit, rather than a great improvement in the car.
"I think we had a track that was probably suiting [us] a little bit, and the conditions were helping," the team boss said.
"I think also we learned quite a lot from the Sprint, with the Soft tyre, that we could apply today [in the race]."
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