Aston Martin have expressed caution over their form after impressing many during F1 pre-season testing.
The lap times put in by Fernando Alonso seemed to indicate that the team could be in for a change of fortunes in 2023, with the squad appearing to have made a genuine step forward for 2023.
But Team Principal Mike Krack believes it is difficult to make any quick judgements on their form, given their prior expectations being quashed once they reached the first race weekend.
"It's very difficult on such a test to to make a proper judgement," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"Last year we were P4, P4, P10 over the three days [and] we seem very similar now, and in the race weekend we were out in Q1.
"Just to tell you how much a test like that can give you an indication of where you are."
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Can't draw too many conclusions
Alonso's times during a race simulation on the final day turned a lot of heads, with the Spaniard putting in consistent lap times on the harder C1 compound tyres in the mid 1:37s.
But Krack is also cautious to draw too many conclusions, considering the track conditions at the time of the run.
He added: "The race simulation was certainly not bad, but we must also not forget the track conditions were really good.
"You had a lot of rubber, because there [were] other teams [using] new tyres, a lot of times also with soft rubber – this is helping when you do a race simulation.
"It is nice to have good long runs, but you need to put them into the right context and let's not start dreaming. I think Fernando said it earlier, there's no miracles in F1."
Krack: Important not to lose our goals
Amidst the hype surrounding the team, Krack says it is important for the team "not to lose our goals" and make a step forward in performance.
"For us, we must not lose [sight of] our goals," he continued.
"Our goal was to make a step forward in the performance of the car in the team, and this still remains our objective.
"These dynamics that you can sometimes have like someone says. 'He's very good'. and then someone [else] says. 'He's good and he's very good'. like when the word goes around the children at school.
"We need to keep our feet on the ground. Our expectations are always high and at this time of the year everybody wants to do well. We are realists."
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