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Lance Stroll

Stroll: Aston Martin pace must improve to catch midfield

Aston Martin have struggled on their return to Formula 1 after a 60-year absence from the sport as the car has failed to replicate the form of last year's Racing Point. Lance Stroll thinks the results are a fair reflection of where the team currently stands on the grid.

The famous Aston Martin brand returned to Formula 1 after a 60-year absence this year with the team formerly known as Racing Point looking to build on a fourth place finish in the constructors championship last season.

With the marquee signing of Sebastian Vettel, the team would have hoped for a better start to its F1 renaissance, but the car has struggled to replicate its 2020 form and the drivers have found themselves finishing out of the points.

Ahead of this weekend's race in Monaco, Lance Stroll told RacingNews365.com and other select media that the results were a fair indication of where the team currently stands in the pecking order.

"We had a pretty good weekend in Spain, I would say Saturday and Sunday that there wasn't much we left on the table in qualifying and the race. We were so close to picking up a point up until a few laps to go and then Gasly overtook me and pulled away and easily picked up 10th," he said.

"And I think that right now just shows where we are as a team. We had some work to do over the first couple of races, we picked up some points but I think there were also circumstances that allowed us to capitalise on opportunities and score some points.

"But on outright pace, I think we still have some work to do to catch the likes of AlphaTauri and McLaren and even Alpine in the last couple of weekend's have looked really quick.

"So it's a very competitive midfield, the margins are very small between all the teams but we have to focus on this weekend and keep finding as much performance we can in the car with the setup and bring the updates, the development we can throughout the season and that's all we can focus on."

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