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Fernando Alonso: “I think there is plenty of performance we can unlock together”

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The FIA Formula 1 World Championship launch season continued on Monday night as Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team revealed the AMR23 at its new modern, state-of-the-art headquarters at Silverstone. The team headed by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll showed an abundance of ambition and determination to graduate from a ‘midfield’ team and start winning races with the ultimate goal being bagging a Championship.

The car will be driven by the Executive Chairman’s son Lance Stroll, and a newcomer to the team, double World Champion Fernando Alonso, who parted ways with BWT Alpine F1 Team at the end of the 2022 season.

There are a few significant design changes to the car this year and after Aston Martin encountered a few extra challenges during the early stages of development, the team still claims that the AMR23 is an elevated and refined version of last year’s AMR22. The most striking and interesting elements of the new car are the heavily revised front wing and the brand-new sweeping side pods that still sport the iconic brand colour.

It’s clear that Aston Martin is here to shake things up this coming season as not only does the reveal of the AMR23 mark a new beginning for the team, but the imminent opening of the new factory and the new mentality the team are arriving with this year, matches the scale of ambition and determination of everybody on the team.

Both drivers were present at the launch, Alonso getting comfortable in the Aston Martin gear, as the Silverstone-based team welcomed the AMR23 into the world for the very first time.

Standing by the car side, Lance Stroll commented on the design of the car; “Looking at AMR23, I can see lots of new thinking and some aggressive work around the packaging and aerodynamics that should really help us out as we head into year two of these new rules.

The Canadian also went on to pay recognition to his new teammate, saying; “I’m massively looking forward to working with Fernando. I’ve always got along very well with him – and it will be fantastic to race alongside him.”

Veteran champion Fernando also commented on the design of the car claiming the AMR23 ‘looks incredibly neatly packaged and high efficient.’ And whilst the Spaniard commented that the team’s title ambitions may take some time to come to fruition, he has no doubt that the level of commitment at Aston Martin can be questioned.

“I have always said that I could see the ambition that shines bright at AMF1. And, as we launch the car in this brand-new factory, I think everyone can now see the scale of the ambition and determination at the heart of this organisation.  

“Just as important is the car – and the AMR23 looks incredibly neatly packaged and highly efficient. I was pleasantly surprised when I sampled last year’s car for the very first time, and I think there is plenty of performance we can unlock together. I can’t wait to get started.” 

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