Aston Martin boss Mike Krack believes that the team are "on target" in their five-year plan, but admits that they need to take a step forward in 2023.
The company set the ambition of winning a World Championship within five years after taking over the Racing Point outfit at the beginning of 2021, a year in which they welcomed Sebastian Vettel to the squad alongside Lance Stroll.
After finishing that campaign in seventh place, Aston struggled at the start of 2022 but made progress as the season progressed.
They again ended the year in seventh despite holding the same amount of points as sixth-placed Alfa Romeo, with the fact that Alfa had scored the highest-placed race result putting them ahead in the standings.
Krack acknowledges that it was a tough start to 2022, but still feels confident that Aston – who will add Fernando Alonso to their driver line-up in 2023 following Vettel's retirement – are on track in their plan.
"From the way we started the year, I think we were behind schedule," Krack told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"But I think we caught up quite well. I think in year three, we need to see a clear improvement, a clear step in terms of performance, and yeah, I would say we're on target."
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Team taking 'confidence' from progression
Dan Fallows, Technical Director at Aston Martin, admits that the progress seen on the car during 2022 gives the team an extra sense of confidence for the season ahead.
"I think it's been a big factor in building our confidence for next year," Fallows explained.
"We clearly started the year with a car that wasn't where we wanted it to be, and we have shown that development.
"I think particularly [in] the second half of the season, we've really demonstrated that the design principles that we put in place and some of the philosophies that we're adopting are paying off. They are now going to show dividends.
"So what we're trying to do for next year is to take a very aggressive development strategy, but build on those lessons we've learned this year."
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