The Formula 1 Pre-season test has concluded. Usually, such testing is not seen as a viable parameter to analyze the pecking order of the grid. But there lies one team in particular that has raised eyebrows throughout the pitlane. The Aston Martin F1 team has been reckoned as a formidable challenger for the upcoming season by Mercedes Team Principle Toto Wolff.
Recently, Wolff expressed his belief about the Silverstone-based team. The 51-year-old stated, “According to our calculations, Aston Martin could end up in second place.” Although the British team uses the same engine and a few other listed components as Mercedes. It seems that Lawrence Stroll’s squad can gain an edge over the Silver Arrows this season.
Additionally, Fernando Alonso has appreciated the efforts at Aston Martin. The Spanish driver has been impressed by the work done over the winter by his new team. Subsequently, Alonso stated, “Our new car has a completely different philosophy. The platform is significantly better than a year ago.” Thus, it seems that the Silverstone-based team has high expectations from AMR23.
Aston Martin’s Felipe Drugovich does impressive work during Pre-season testing
Lance Stroll was forced to miss pre-season testing after a horrendous biking accident in Spain. Aston Martin reserve, Felipe Drugovich, replaced the Canadian driver for the running in Bahrain. The 22-year-old got to grips with the AMR23 from the get-go and gave his team satisfactory runs. However, it remains unclear whether Drugovich will continue at the season opener in Bahrain.
Interestingly, Sebastian Vettel has also been in the running to replace Stroll for the first race of the season. However, Team Principal Mike Krack has emphasized focusing on the Canadian driver’s return as the team’s priority. Aston Martin is presently waiting on the words from Lance and doctors regarding the 24-year-old’s return to the cockpit next week.
Toto Wolff and Mercedes expect Aston Martin to be in the running at the top of the grid this season. The Silverstone-based team has impressed the fans and experts with its 2023 challenger. However, it remains to be seen if this is carried over to the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the British already having the trouble of an unconfirmed driver line-up.
Armaan Agarwal is a Formula 1 Subhead and author at Firstsportz. He has been a Motorsports writer for over six years a journey that started in 2017 with his own F1 blog. Armaan has been part of the Firstsportz for over a year and has published more than 1000 articles. His experience, passion for racing, and in-depth knowledge of the sport enable him to give racing fans worldwide a unique perspective of the sport. Armaan has always loved cars and it was Sebastian Vettel that made him a passionate F1 fan. Armaan is presently studying Mass Communication at St Xavier's University Kolkata.
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