AAlthough there are still two races left in the 2022 Formula 1 seasonsuch as the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sundaythe teams are starting to plan for 2023.
That’s what Tom McCulloughthe performance director at Aston Martinduring the Brazilian Grand Prix press conference.
He was asked about the expectations of the team as Fernando Alonso climb aboard, passing from Alpine.
“He is a very motivated and competitive character, it shows from the outside” McCullough said of the Spaniard.
“I’m starting to see him a bit when I talk to him. He’s just focused on doing well. He sees a good future with our team. He sees how far we’ve come.
“I’m really happy to have him in our team. He will push us in all areas of the team.
“He won’t be happy fighting in midfield. He wants to be part of the step we want to take, which is to start challenging the top three teams.
“I think fighting for the world championships next year is, let’s face it, it’s not going to happen.
“We are on a journey. We are growing as a team. We are getting stronger as a team.
“I think Fernando is going to make a significant contribution to that as well. And he’s realistic, you know. He’s making the trip with us.
“If we can fight the top three teams next year, I’m sure we’ll be happy with that.
“From there we will just continue the journey we have been on to try and catch up with the guys up front who are doing the best job at the moment.”
Aston Martin’s take on the 2022 season
A look back at the 2022 season, with Aston Martin currently seventh in the constructors’ championship, McCullough lamented the bad start.
“We didn’t start the season as competitively as we wanted,” he said.
“We struggled a lot with the porpoises, the rebounds of the cars at the start of the year, during the first two or three races in particular.
“We realized from a development perspective that we had kind of not taken the route that was going to make a trackside usable car.
“We ended up changing that, which was a pretty early decision.
“Obviously we brought the heavily updated car to Barcelona and since then we’ve been continuously trying to develop that car, that theory.
“Now we’ve made a lot of progress, but we started a bit too far. That’s why we’re still struggling where we are now.”