Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel’s sixth and eighth place finishes respectively at the Singapore Grand Prix gave Aston Martin 12 points, its best haul so far this year.
Those points took the British team from ninth to seventh in the constructors’ standings, ahead of Haas and AlphaTauri, and they come to Japan just 15 points behind sixth-placed Alfa Romeo.
However, Mike Krack warned that the situation could change quickly, as they are at risk of losing their place if a bad weekend is combined with a double Top10 from their direct rivals.
“They are very valuable, because we have gained two positions,” he said of Singapore’s points. “But we have to be vigilant, because this can change again quickly. So we have to stay focused, we’re not quite there yet.”
“We’ve always wanted to win at least these two teams [Haas and AlphaTauri]. If we have one or two more weekends like this, we can look a little further. But I think we have to be realistic, keep working hard and see where we end up.”
“There are still five races to go. And we still have to keep scoring points. the best possible”.
Krack was relieved to see that Aston did a good job at least once. In addition, the withdrawals of leading drivers in Singapore allowed them to finish higher than usual.
“The hard work has finally paid off, and that’s when you value the constant effort to be there,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of times where we’ve gotten a point or two. We’ve been a little luckier today. But we were the ones who were there when it mattered, and the drivers didn’t fail. And that pays off in these races.”
Krack believes that the team is improving its performance in recent races, thanks to the improvements made to the car.
“I think we’ve made progress since Zandvoort. We also got another little evolution in Singapore. And we’ll have another one at Suzuka. So I think it was important to have identified the weak points in the car, and tried to eliminate them.”
“Obviously, we came from a long way back. But I think you could see in Zandvoort that we weren’t that far behind Alpine and McLaren anymore. And for us, the most important thing was to lead the mid-table. And we did it.”
Krack believes that the team can continue to improve their car, even though only minor updates are coming.
“We had an evolution at Silverstone, but it took us two races to understand how to take advantage of it. Then we made a small adjustment in France that put us on the right track.”
“And then we began to understand more of what we had to improve. We do what we can do within the financial regulations.”
“So we’re putting a tweak here, another update there. There’s nothing major left [to be released]. But I think it’s very important that we move forward, trying to understand what the next step is to go faster.
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