Aston Martin aiming for ‘magical’ first victory at Monaco

Aston Martin have now claimed four podiums since returning to the sport in 2021.

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has revealed that the Silverstone-based team see Monaco as a venue which could work massively in their favour, with the team boss having admitted that they’ll “try” to claim their first F1 win at the most famous circuit of them all.

Aston Martin have started the 2023 F1 season emphatically, with new signing Fernando Alonso having claimed three consecutive third place finishes to start the year.

Their rise from being a lower-midfield team last year to a frontrunner this season is truly sensational, with the side looking likely to just get stronger as the campaign develops.

They have plenty of big upgrades in the pipeline which they’re hoping will reduce the gap to Red Bull, who are currently cruising to both titles once again.

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With Aston Martin having now become used to podiums, Krack is targeting the top step, with the boss believing that there are “some tracks” where the AMR23 and Alonso could win.

“I think there are some tracks where the combination of this driver with this car may still be even more magical,” said Krack.

One of those tracks isn’t expected to be the Baku City Circuit, which is the next stop on the 2023 calendar.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is expected to be a Red Bull walkover, with ex-F1 driver Timo Glock believing that the Austrians will have “an even bigger gap” to the rest of the field than they’ve already had this season.

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“In Baku there are more corners, long straights as well where Red Bull’s DRS effect comes into play,” Glock told Sky Deutschland.

“I believe Red Bull will have an even bigger gap between themselves and the others in Baku. The question is who will bring the first updates and how will they turn out?”

With that in mind, Krack believes the Monaco Grand Prix could be Aston Martin’s best chance of claiming their first win, especially with straight-line speed being significantly less important.

Aston Martin know that straight-line speed is an issue of theirs but it’s something they’re working on.

Given that this isn’t important at Monaco, though, Krack thinks it’s a venue where the British side can boast “more confidence”.

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“We’ll try at Monaco,” Krack told DAZN when asked about the potential of a race win.

“We have shortcomings on very long straights – it’s no secret. We’ve recognised it and we have to work on it a lot.

“But on tracks where this doesn’t count as much is where we can have more confidence. We have to be fast, finish, not make mistakes and then we’ll see what the result is.”