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F1 team principal defiant despite 2024 'failure' perception

F1 team principal defiant despite 2024 'failure' perception

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F1 team principal defiant despite 2024 'failure' perception

F1 team principal defiant despite 2024 'failure' perception

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has said that he is not worried about a potential drop in performance in 2024, stating that he will be judged on a 'three or four-year period'.

The Silverstone-based outfit had a brilliant 2023 season, with 42-year-old Fernando Alonso claiming eight podiums for the team and helping them to a fifth place finish in the constructors' championship.

While fans may have been hoping ahead of the new season that Alonso could go on and secure his 33rd race win 11 years after his 32nd, Krack knows that the competition is going to be just as tough in 2024.

Red Bull are forecasted to continue their dominance of the sport, while the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren all improved in the latter part of 2023, and will be hoping to take a step forward again in 2024.

That may leave Aston Martin attempting to hold onto that fifth spot in the championship standings, rather than chasing race victories and aiming to dethrone one of the top four teams from last season.

Fernando Alonso claimed eight podiums in 2023
Fernando Alonso found himself mixing it with the very best once again in 2023
In Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, Aston Martin have a settled driver lineup

Aston Martin's ambitious future goals

Krack is under no illusions that this may be the case, and has said that the team won't let their terrific jump in performance at the start of last season cloud their vision going forward.

“We honestly have to zoom out a little bit, over a three or four-year period rather than race by race or season by season,” Krack told Autosport.

“If we do not finish in a higher position next year than we do this year, people will see it as a failure. I think you have to differentiate it a little bit more, but the nature of the business is championship position.”

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