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Aston Martin

Aston Martin make demand in pursuit of victory fight

Can Aston Martin fight for wins before the end of the 2024 F1 season?

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Mike Krack is "convinced" Aston Martin will join their F1 rivals in fighting for victory, although he has called for "patience". 

Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend, marking Aston Martin's biggest points haul of the season. On another positive note, Alonso was only 17.5 seconds behind race-winner Max Verstappen. 

It was the most competitive Aston Martin has looked all season, however, by this last year, Alonso had scored six podiums. 

Unlike Aston Martin, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes all now have packages seemingly capable of fighting for the win. 

It resulted in a three-team fight for the victory in Montreal, which Aston Martin played no part in.

"We saw a very tight, tough battle for the win," Krack told select media, including RacingNews365

"Unfortunately, we could not challenge any of them, and that is also a lesson we have to take away. We had a good result, we have 14 points, but we were never in a position to challenge the guys ahead. 

"It is very important we keep that focus, and not get carried away by a couple of points, or by our highest points score of the season." 

'No point of complaining'

Despite the disappointment of not fighting for victory in any race this season, Krack is certain Aston Martin will be in contention soon. 

With more upgrades on the horizon, Krack has no doubt there is plenty of room for improvement that will ensure Aston Martin will challenge the other four teams, although the upcoming triple-header in Spain, Austria and Great Britain does pose problems.

"Yes, I think so," said Krack. "I'm convinced that we can. The thing you will ask me is, when. 

"With aerodynamic development, which is the main performance differentiator in F1, this stuff takes time, so if today you find something in the floor or whatever, it takes a lot of weeks before you have it. 

"But now we have very intense racing within the next four weeks. We have three races, and so you are constantly rushing to bring the parts and it is never quick enough. 

"So that is something again, where you have to be patient and even every race look at what is coming on, and to optimise a package you have and get the maximum amount of what you have. 

"Because there's also no point in complaining other parts are not there yet, we still have races to do."

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