Race for Constructors’ Championship Intensifies Between McLaren and Aston Martin
Race after race, McLaren is closing the gap with Aston Martin in the constructors’ classification. Since the category returned from the summer break, McLaren has managed to reduce the difference between the two teams by half. Following the double podium at Suzuka, the Woking team is now only 49 points behind the Silverstone team.
Lando Norris Believes McLaren Can Overtake Aston Martin
Lando Norris, McLaren’s main driver, is confident that his team can surpass Aston Martin in the constructors’ classification before the end of the championship. Norris attributes this belief to their increasingly competitive car and the capabilities of both himself and his teammate Oscar Piastri to achieve similar objectives.
Aston Martin Struggles to Match McLaren’s Performance
Aston Martin, on the other hand, has experienced a different situation throughout the season. Lance Stroll has been unable to come close to Fernando Alonso’s results, failing to score any points since the summer break. This stands in stark contrast to McLaren’s dynamics.
Norris’ Confidence in Beating Aston Martin
When asked if he believed McLaren could beat Aston Martin, Norris confidently replied, “Yes. I didn’t think they were that close. But yes, if it’s 49 points, then I think so.”
Norris further explained, “There aren’t many races left. I’m sure there will be a couple of them where Aston will be a little bit stronger, but I think our advantage right now, on almost all teams except a couple, is that we have two drivers fighting for these positions and these points.”
“Not every team has that advantage, so I think that helps us. We can help each other, and I think that’s a big advantage we have.”
Aston Martin’s Need for Improvement
On the other side of the battle, Aston Martin’s team principal, Mike Krack, acknowledged the need for improvement in their AMR23 if they want to maintain their fourth place in the constructors’ classification at the end of the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Krack stated, “It’s a tough fight, and we have to look at the next races. We have to give our best in terms of reliability, something we didn’t do in Japan. We only crossed the finish line with one car, so we have to avoid mistakes and focus on ourselves. We can’t influence what others do anyway.”
“But there are also sprint races, and there will probably be some weekends altered by rain. So it will be a long and difficult road. I am always confident, but we have to improve in terms of reliability and performance,” concluded Mike Krack.
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