Fernando Alonso suggestions to Aston Martin key in radical modifications to 2023 automobile, says technical director Eric Blandin

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin in 2023 after becoming a member of from Alpine; the two-time world champion will associate Lance Stroll; Aston Martin are hoping for a serious enchancment after ending seventh in final season’s constructors’ standings

Final Up to date: 20/01/23 4:44pm

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin this season

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin this season

Aston Martin deputy technical director Eric Blandin has revealed radical modifications to the staff’s 2023 automobile have been impacted by suggestions from new arrival Fernando Alonso.

The 2-time world champion joined Aston Martin from Alpine following the completion of the earlier marketing campaign and was in a position to drive the British staff’s 2022 automobile in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

Aston Martin endured a disappointing season, ending seventh within the constructors’ standings regardless of important funding from proprietor Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance is Alonso’s team-mate.

“Fernando’s suggestions is extraordinarily exact,” Blandin stated.

“He clearly communicated what he desires from the automobile and instantly recognized a number of issues that we have been in a position to feed into the design of the AMR23.

Alonso, 41, brings vast experience to the British team

Alonso, 41, brings huge expertise to the British staff

“Final season, Fernando drove a automobile that was fairly completely different from ours – and extra aggressive. After driving the AMR22, he was shortly in a position to examine the 2 automobiles and say, ‘That is clearly higher, that is clearly worse, and that is what we must always concentrate on.'”

Blandin, who joined Aston Martin final yr after having fun with a vastly profitable 10-year spell with Mercedes as principal then chief aerodynamicist, elaborated on the acute variations between final yr’s automobile and the brand new mannequin.

“We took all our learnings from final yr’s automobile and utilized them to this yr’s automobile,” Blandin stated.

Alonso drove for Aston Martin at November's post-season test in Abu Dhabi

Alonso drove for Aston Martin at November’s post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi

“A lot of the AMR23 is new, it is fully completely different from the AMR22. We have modified greater than 90 per cent of the components and greater than 95 per cent of the aerodynamic surfaces are completely different.

“The AMR22 turned a laboratory. We examined so many issues on the monitor to additional our understanding and that progress in understanding was underlined by our improved efficiency in direction of the tip of final season.

“We had been in a position to push the efficiency envelope with how we had been working the automobile. This might not have been doable with the preliminary idea we had at first of the season.”

Aston Martin have introduced they are going to formally launch their AMR23 on February 13, 10 days earlier than pre-season testing begins in Bahrain. The opening Grand Prix of the season can also be in Bahrain, going down from March 3-5.

Alonso buoyed by ‘particular’ Aston Martin environment

Alonso, who changed Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin following the German’s retirement from F1, is assured {that a} “particular environment” throughout the staff will assist foster progress in 2023.

The 41-year-old Spaniard produced one other spectacular marketing campaign with Alpine, however was let down by reliability on a number of events as he finally completed ninth within the drivers’ standings.

Reflecting on his Aston Martin post-season take a look at, Alonso stated: “Subsequent yr’s automobile will probably be very completely different in comparison with this one, so any suggestions that you simply get from this one will not be actually related for once we drive the AMR23.

Alonso was forced to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his final race with Alpine

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Alonso was pressured to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his ultimate race with Alpine

Alonso was pressured to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his ultimate race with Alpine

“However I noticed some completely different philosophies round establishing the automobile, growing the automobile, in addition to managing the facility unit. There are lots of issues that you simply get preliminary suggestions from; we must sit down and attempt to get the very best out of all the things.

“You may really feel the power within the staff and the way motivated everyone seems to be. I am unable to look forward to subsequent yr. I felt a really particular environment within the storage.”

Earlier than becoming a member of Mercedes in 2011, Blanding spent two years working alongside Alonso at Ferrari, and believes the Spaniard will help take Aston Martin to the “subsequent degree”.

“Fernando is an excellent driver. There aren’t many drivers of his calibre on the grid – you’ll be able to depend them on one hand,” Blandin added.

Alonso says he hopes to have 'more luck next year' after being forced to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Alonso says he hopes to have ‘extra luck subsequent yr’ after being pressured to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Alonso says he hopes to have ‘extra luck subsequent yr’ after being pressured to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

“He is so passionate, so pushed… extraordinarily pushed. After all the things he is achieved, he nonetheless has that stressed starvation to win.

“Signing Fernando was large for the staff. He’ll push us rather a lot and assist take us to the subsequent degree.

“He’ll push Lance, too. They’re going to complement one another and he’ll convey out the very best in him. We’ve got a really robust driver pairing, and it is as much as us to present them a aggressive automobile.

“We will have the very best driver pairing on the grid, however it will not depend for a lot if we do not give them a quick automobile. We have to ship.”

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