Mike Krack has cautioned that Aston Martin can't be expected to make the same development leaps that occurred in the 2022 Formula 1 season, despite their strong start to 2023.
Aston have emerged as arguably the second fastest team in the new season, taking a giant leap forward out of the midfield, and have scored two third places through Fernando Alonso in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
It comes after a rapid improvement from the Silverstone squad in the latter half of last season, becoming regular points scorers after initially struggling with the ground effects regulations.
However, Krack believes that there are no certainties that the team will be able to do something similar with the AMR23.
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Krack on Aston development
"It's a good question, if they are catchable," Krack said when asked by media, including RacingNews365, if Red Bull could be reeled in over the course of 2023.
"We know that other development races are going on, and we are battling here with people that have a different fire power than we have, in terms of people, in terms of infrastructure and just in terms of being used to [fighting at the front].
"So we need to be careful making too many predictions.
"In that regard, can be manage to keep the gap? Can we close it? We will work it out.
"I think we have seen last year that we can close a gap a little bit to even catch the car in front of us, but that does not mean because we have done it last year, that we can do it again."
Aston focused on themselves
With Red Bull seemingly so far ahead of the pack, Krack was also asked if the team would be focusing on Mercedes and Ferrari to evaluate themselves and find improvements.
It is something he dismissed, believing Aston needed to just focus on themselves.
"The reference is always the fastest," he said.
"That is one thing, and the other is in terms of identifying weaknesses and areas for improvement, you look at your own car.
"And the you have to see on the weekend how it goes.
"But it makes no sense to look at: 'we have this percentage on them, this percentage on them.'
"It doesn't really change what you do, you try to improve your car this week and move from there."
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