Aston Martin ‘needs another step to get back to the competitive car we had’ – Stroll

In summary: Lance Stroll says Aston Martin’s rivals haven’t developed more since the start of the season and the team must cope in the final 10 races of 2023.

In brief

Aston Martin needs ‘one more step’ – Stroll

Aston Martin started the season strongly and remained second in the championship for six races. However, he has since dropped to third and has been overtaken by rivals Ferrari and McLaren in each of the last two laps.

Stroll said they “came out of the box very strong” but admitted “it was a bit more difficult the last few events”.

Team principal Mike Krack recently admitted they had realized they hadn’t been getting the best out of their car in recent races and said they had begun to rectify that. But Stroll believes they should also bring more upgrades to their car.

“A lot of the teams caught up, so it’s a lot tighter now,” he said. “We really have to keep pushing and try to take another step in the second half of the season to get back to that really competitive car we had at the start of the year.”

Aston Martin “made some small changes to the car that definitely helped,” Stroll added, “but I think we have to keep pushing because we’re still not as quick as we’d like.”

De Vries back in the cockpit

Nyck de Vries returned to action over the weekend after being kicked out of AlphaTauri last month. He took part in a public demonstration event at the TT Assen circuit to promote a casino, driving a Formula Renault 3.5 car of the type he raced in 2015. Fellow Dutch racer Richard Verschoor was among the others taking part.

Tough NASCAR race for Button and Kobayashi

Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi took part in yesterday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis, making their third and first starts respectively. Both were involved in separate collisions with Ricky Stenhouse Jnr making contact with Kobayashi at turn one and Button at turn 10.

Button finished 28th, Kobayashi was two laps down in 33rd out of 39 cars. Michael McDowell took the win.

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