Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack says his team need to stay vigilant to maintain their recent upward trend in the 2022 F1 Constructors' Championship.
Last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix proved to be Aston Martin's best of a disappointing season so far, with Lance Stroll finishing sixth and Sebastian Vettel coming home in eighth spot.
The resulting 12-point haul lifted Aston Martin above both Haas and AlphaTauri to seventh in the Contstructors' standings, 15 points behind sixth-placed Alfa Romeo.
"[The Singapore points are] very valuable, because we jumped two places," Krack told media including RacingNews365.com.
"But we need to be vigilant, because this can turn around quickly again, so we need to really keep concentrated, it's far from over the line.
"We always wanted to beat at least [Haas and AlphaTauri].
"If we have one or two more [Grands Prix] like this, then we can even look a bit further ahead, but I think we need to stay realistic, and keep working hard and see where we end up."
Krack cautioned that while Aston Martin had had a good weekend in Singapore, a similar points haul for their rivals could put the Silverstone-based outfit back at square one.
"There's still five races to go, and there's still a couple of points to be gained," said Krack.
"A double DNF in Suzuka and a big score for others can mean that the situation goes the other way around again, so we really need to stay on it, and try to do it as best as possible."
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Krack on Aston Martin progress
Of the five teams in the bottom half of the Constructors' standings, Aston Martin are in the best form, having scored points in five of the past six races, and Krack said a series of recent updates to the AMR22 had started to pay dividends.
"I think we've made progress since Zandvoort," said Krack.
"We had another little update here, and we will have a small one next week [at Suzuka]. So I think was quite good we identified really the weaknesses of the car, and steadily tried to eliminate them.
"Obviously, we came from a distance. But now I think you saw in Zandvoort that we were not so far any more from Alpine and McLaren. And for us the most important thing was to get ahead of this midfield group. And this we managed.
"We had an update in Silverstone that took us one or two races to really understand how to make it work, then we had a small tweak in France, which got us on the right path, I think.
"And then we understood more and more what we needed to work on. And that's why we now do what we can do within the financial regulations, what it is still possible to do.
"So it's a tweak here, it's part there. Nothing major anymore. But I think it's very important that we keep going, trying to understand what the next step is to go faster."
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