You may not have realised, but had the Spaniard lifted off a little more during the finale, then he would have found himself finishing in sixth place in the drivers’ standings after a stellar season.
Aston Martin’s dramatic fall off needs to be investigated over the winter, but if 2023 was evidence of one thing, it was that F1 needs Fernando Alonso fighting for wins at the front.
He brings that special x-factor and even better – he's leading the Aston Martin project in their quest for their first win and title.
If Dan Fallows cooks again this winter, even Lance Stroll might win a race next year!
2. Tsunoda seconds short of unlikely constructors’ triumph
Yuki Tsunoda performed so admirably this weekend, qualifying sixth on Saturday, before a heroic effort in the race saw him just 11 seconds from the position AlphaTauri needed to gain seventh in the constructors’ championship.
If he was on the same two-stop strategy that much of the field was on, it’s easy to argue that the Japanese driver would have been able to fight further up the top ten towards the end of the race.
His team-mate was nowhere in comparison, and if the newly named Faenza outfit can produce a better car next year, then Tsunoda is within a real shot of getting his first F1 podium.
Funnily enough, his best F1 result also came at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021, when he managed to finish fourth. On the plus side, AlphaTauri will now have a larger CFD wind tunnel allocation, allowing them a better shot at developing their 2024 challenger.
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