Why Lawrence Stroll isn’t happy with Fernando Alonso’s podiums

Prior to the 2023 F1 season, Aston Martin had claimed just one podium since the start of 2021.

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has revealed that team owner Lawrence Stroll is continuously asking when the Silverstone-based side are going to claim their first win, with the Canadian pushing for the team to take their next step forwards.

The British outfit have certainly made an exceptional start to the 2023 F1 season, with Fernando Alonso having claimed a third-place finish at every round so far.

Considering that Aston Martin finished seventh in the Constructors’ Championship last season, it’s certainly some turnaround from the outfit, who are currently Red Bull’s closest competitor.

After three races, Aston Martin currently occupy second in the standings, with Mercedes close behind.

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With the exception of Red Bull, Aston Martin have had the most complete package so far this year, with Alonso’s and Lance Stroll’s performances being much more consistent than those at Ferrari and Mercedes.

As a result, Mercedes and Ferrari are both introducing major upgrades simply to compete with Aston Martin for second in the championship, with Red Bull being too far clear of the entire field.

Claiming further podiums will certainly support Aston Martin’s bid to finish second in the championship; however, the team owner wants more.

Stroll wants Aston Martin to become winners, not just podium contenders, something they currently are.

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The Canadian is putting pressure on the team “to deliver more” and claim that elusive first win, which will hopefully lead on to many more.

Being a winner and a World Champion is ultimately Stroll’s ambition and is why he’s investing so much money into the team, to the extent where Aston Martin are on the verge of having the best facilities on the grid.

“The mission is very clear. [Lawrence Stroll] has not been having any delay in telling us, ‘When are we going to win the next one?’,” revealed Krack, as reported by Formu1a.uno.

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“Obviously, he is happy we have made a step, but this is not enough for this ambition.

“The good thing is, with Lawrence, you know where you stand – he wants more, and we will have to deliver more.

“[2023 has started with] three circuits with three different characteristics. To be competitive on all three, we are confident we can be on other circuits as well.”