The Singapore Grand Prix has already taken place and many teams put in great performances while others did not. The Mexican Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, has managed to take the victory after overtaking Charles Leclerc at the start of the race and having led the entire race, even with a 5-second penalty after the end of it. Both Ferrari drivers finished on the podium, scoring their first double podium after this year's Miami Grand Prix. In this article we will talk about Aston Martin, who achieved a sixth and eighth place in the race in the Asian country. This result allowed the British team to add 12 points to its record in the constructors' championship, as well as position itself two places higher in the same championship. Currently, the fight in the constructors' championship midfield is between Alfa Romeo, Haas, AlphaTauri and Aston Martin. The Brits managed to overtake Haas and AlphaTauri in the constructors' championship after a great race at Marina Bay, however Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack has said they must not leave anything on the table as the fight is red hot, and any point wasted can be beneficial for their rivals.
“They’re very valuable, because we jumped two places. But we need to be vigilant, because this can turn around quickly again. So we need to really keep concentrated, it’s far from over the line.” Affirmed Krack. “We always wanted to beat at least there two teams [Haas and AlphaTauri]. If we have one or two more like this, then we can even look a bit further ahead. But I think we need to stay realistic, and keep working hard and see where we end up.”
“There’s still five races to go. And there’s still a couple of points to be gained. And a double DNF in Suzuka and a big score for others can mean that the situation goes the other way around again, so we really need to stay on it, and try to do it as best as possible.”
We have observed that any point can be valuable for a team. This happened when Carlos Sainz managed to break into the top 10 of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and that's when he managed to get the one point he needed to finish best of the rest. Krack also pointed out the importance of widening the lead that is currently just a few points over its rivals, as well as looking to cut the 15 points that Alfa Romeo has over Aston Martin. Similarly, the British team will try to avoid unnecessary retirements and get as many points as possible, because if they retire and another rival team manages to get into the top 10, it is very likely that the fight will get even closer.
“Finally, the hard work pays off, and the consistent effort of trying to be there when it matters. WE have had a couple of occasions where we always get one point, two points.” Krack said. “I think we’ve made progress since Zandvoort. We had another little update here [in Singapore]. And we will have a small one next week [at Suzuka]. So I think was quite good we identified really the weaknesses of the car, and steadily tried to eliminate them.”