Although Aston Martin's result in Bahrain was an impressive start for the team and represented a massive leap forward from last season, the team have remained cautious about making conclusions about their chances of winning in 2023.
Fernando Alonso looks like he is in prime position to capitalise on a Red Bull problem or unique circumstance to become the first driver to win in his 40s since Nigel Mansell, while Lance Stroll is also showing strong pace while he continues his pre-season injury recovery.
Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack is wary about making any early predictions while they are up against established champions and race winners in Red Bull.
"We must not forget that last year we really did not progress," he told the F1 Nation podcast.
"The first Aston Martin year we were P7, last year we were P7 so you cannot call that progress, can you?
"So I think it's time to make progress, we now managed to make it but there's still a long road ahead of us. If you see how far we were away from the race, it's still big distance."
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Krack: We need to wait to see how big the step is we have made
With Bahrain being one of the worst circuits for tyre degradation, it appeared as through Aston Martin were coping well during the race.
But Krack still thinks the team needs to run at more circuits before they truly understand how much they have improved from last year.
"It is a very good step that we have made," he explained.
"But [after the] first race of the of the year, I think we need to wait three or four races to really see how big the step is. But I think we can say that we made one."
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