In the round-up: Lance Stroll says Aston Martin’s rivals have out-developed them since the season began and the team needs to hit back over the final 10 races of 2023.
Aston Martin need “another step” – Stroll
Aston Martin started the season strongly and were still second in the championship six races in. However they have slipped back to third since then and were out-scored by rivals Ferrari and McLaren in each of the last two rounds.
Stroll said they “came out of the box really strong” but admitted “it’s been a bit more challenging the last few events.”
Team principal Mike Krack recently admitted they had realised they hadn’t got the best out of their car in recent races and said they have begun to put that right. But Stroll believes they also need to bring more upgrades for their car.
“A lot of the teams caught up so it’s much tighter now,” he said. “We really just have to keep pushing and try and make another step in the second half of the season to get back to that really competitive car that we had at the beginning of the year.”
Aston Martin “made some little mods to the car which definitely helped,” Stroll added, “but I think we still really have to keep pushing because we’re still not as quick as we want to be.”
De Vries back in the cockpit
Nyck de Vries was back in action over the weekend following his ousting from AlphaTauri last month. He participated in a public demonstration event at the TT Assen circuit to promote a casino, driving a Formula Renault 3.5 car of the type he raced in 2015. Fellow Dutch racer Richard Verschoor was among the others who joined in.
Tough NASCAR race for Button and Kobayashi
Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi took part in Yestrday’s NASCAR race on the Indianapolis road course, making their third and first starts respectively. Both were involved in separate collisions with Ricky Stenhouse Jnr, who made contact with Kobayashi at turn one and Button at turn 10.
Button finished a lapped 28th, Kobayashi was two laps down in 33rd among the 39-car field. Michael McDowell took victory.
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On this day in motorsport
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