Alonso looks beyond 33: “I hope we get to that number, and then…”


Fernando Alonso was one of the participants in the press conference before the Australian GP of F1 2023sofa sharing, among others, with current F1 world champion Max Verstappen, a pilot he always shows has a good ‘feel’. The Spaniard has been one of the great stars at the start of this campaign leading Aston Martin’s new project, leading to a surprising AMR23 on the podium in the first two rounds of the course, with the car driven by the man from Oviedo second best in the race after Red Bull.

It did nothing but continue to viralize the famous ‘how 33’ which became a ‘trending topic’ on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the start of the course. The Spaniard was asked about this attitude and Fernando, smiling on his best days, took the opportunity to joke with Max about the possibility of taking Max’s number 33 (the one he wore before becoming champion) if the Dutchman won again in this title. year and continues to carry 1 next course.

“It’s a good number”Verstappen said. “Max is still wearing number 1. I’ll order the 33 next year.”Spanish joke, mentioning the illusion that lives in Spain after its first results and the madness that exists in social networks for 33: “It’s great to see the whole country excited about F1.”

“Hopefully we can get to 33rd in wins and then we can get to 34th,” Fernando taught. And it was Alonso who looked beyond. He has long reiterated that his goal with Aston Martin is to win his third title with Aston Martin in the coming years, a term that could be shortened after the great performance shown by his 2023 car, which should serve as the basis to keep improving it and convert it into a champion car in the next courses. That’s the goal of Aston Martin and Fernando, as they pointed out in February at the AMR23 presentation.

Before that, the big question now is whether Aston Martin will be able to chase down the Red Bulls this year after the great superiority shown by those from Milton Keynes in the first two rounds. Aston Martin has more wind tunnel time and CFD simulations than its regulatory rivals, but the distance is great. In addition, the green car is completely new and its room for improvement is greater. For now, Aston Martin is following its plan with reassuring calm, without overreacting and without looking to others, focusing on the development plan they have set. Because of this, the team and Alonso looked to Baku and Imola with more enthusiasm.

“We arrived with confidence, the car from now on will change. For Baku or Imola, we will build some parts and we will see how competitive we are and if we can keep this pace,” he said, clarifying that “Today we are very happy. In Jeddah it is better than expected”, Alonso recalled, something that makes him feel confident to fight at the top again in Melbourne, a unique track where he hopes his AMR23 will allow him to fight for the podium again.

“Here it’s like Jeddah. I hope 33 comes, but you have to be realistic. Anything can happen”he pointed out.

grid changes

Fernando Alonso was penalized at the last Saudi Arabian GP for a bad position on the starting grid. For this reason, the FIA ​​increased from this Australian GP the dimensions of the boxes in which the cars must be placed on the track for the start of the Grand Prix. Alonso spoke about it, again admitting his mistake in Jeddah

“You come to the grid looking at the sides and focus on not going to the yellow line, there is no time advantage, the new center line will not help much, the box is wider, yes (it will help), but we’ ll see in Monaco or Imola ”, he pointed out in this regard.

Source: La Verdad


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