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Aston Martin predict when their true progress will become clear

While Aston Martin outpaced many of their rivals at the Bahrain Grand Prix, team boss Mike Krack has warned that it may take some time for the squad to understand how much of a step they have made.

Aston Martin boss Mike Krack believes that the team's true progress will not become clear until "two to four races" into the F1 calendar. The squad impressed with their performance at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, in which Fernando Alonso finished third behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez while Lance Stroll ended the day in sixth, just two weeks after injuring his wrists and toe in a cycling accident. However, Krack is keeping his feet on the ground. When asked about the outfit taking a "phenomenal jump forward" on the F1 Nation podcast, the Team Principal sounded a note of caution. "I agree [that] it's a big jump forward. Phenomenal would have been if we won the race!" Krack said. "It is a very good step that we have made, but also it is the first race of the year. "I think we need to wait two, three, four races to really see how big the step is, but I think we can say that we made one."

Aston Martin could 'feel' progress before race

After a strong showing for the team at pre-season testing, Krack admits that there was a sense of progress being made before arriving at the first race weekend in Bahrain. "We had the buzz already before coming here," he explained. "Over the last month you could feel it, that things were really progressing, that things are positive. "We have a fantastic team, to be honest, and everybody gives 100 per cent all the time." Speaking after the race, Krack added that he expected to receive "more analysis reports" in the hours following the event, with the team still "working flat out to do even better next time."

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