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Aston Martin praise 'typical Alonso' reaction to Australian GP chaos

Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack has praised the awareness shown by Fernando Alonso in the aftermath of the chaotic Lap 57 restart at the Australian Grand Prix.

Mike Krack believes that Fernando Alonso delivered a 'typical' reaction to the red flags after the Lap 57 restart at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Following the red flags for Kevin Magnussen's crash, the chaotic race restart resulted in several cars being eliminated, and Alonso being taken out of the top three by Ferrari's Carlos Sainz. With the red flags waving, the 41-year-old immediately saw an opportunity to regain the position, and radioed to the team to suggest reinstating the previous grid order for the final lap. The two-time World Champion was quick to cite the 2022 British Grand Prix which, after the red flags for the dramatic crash for Zhou Guanyu, was restarted with the same grid order as the original start. Aston Martin Team Principal Krack was unsurprised by Alonso quick-wittedness: "That's typical. He remembers every race that he has done and what happened and what we should look at. It's pretty impressive! "In this case, it was quite recent with Silverstone, so we also remembered it but, had we not, then he would have reminded us quickly."

Krack: There's a skill with FIA communications

With different teams seeking different scenarios for the final race restart, it was in Aston Martin's best interest for the stewards to use the Lap 57 grid order to determine the restart order for 58th and final lap. Fans have been given an insight into the often-frantic communications between teams and the FIA, but the broadcast of this was stopped following the 2021 season. When asked how pivotal the discussions were between Aston Martin and the FIA in the aftermath of the final red flags, Krack described the team's methodical approach to the radio discussions. "They are in touch all the time, and they try to work together because you cannot go attacking, attacking attacking on the radio all the time," said Krack. "He's a professional, he's done this for many years, and he knows exactly when he has to say what and, because of that, he's taken very seriously. "If he has to say something, normally it's right. He talks to them, but he's not constantly menacing or hammering, not at all."

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