Aston Martin Are The Real Bloody Deal This Season
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— Updated on 1 June 2023

Aston Martin Are The Real Bloody Deal This Season

— Updated on 1 June 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Red Bull Racing’s hegemony in Formula 1 has continued to go relatively unchallenged after two-time world champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez secured a dominant one-two finish during the season opener. But the real story of the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix involves the grid’s other two-time world champion in Fernando Alonso and his Aston Martin debut.

For weeks, there had been whispers that the Lawrence Stroll-led outfit had finally provided Alonso with a ride that was actually worthy of his talents. And in the lead-up to qualifying, fuel was steadily being added to the flames with a procession of impressive lap times set across three days of practice. Now, we have definitive proof the AMR23 ain’t no joke.

As Scuderia Ferrari grappled with engine reliability issues that would force 2022 title challenger Charles Leclerc into retiring on the 41st lap, and the same old problems that plagued Mercedes last season once again reared their ugly head, Alonso ruthlessly duelled Carlos Sainz and Sir Lewis Hamilton to improve from his P5 starting position and seize a podium finish; earning Driver of the Day in the process.

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1Red Bull43
2Aston Martin23
5Alfa Romeo4

Bonus: despite the fact he’s currently recovering from broken wrists – and a red-hot bit of contact in the opening lap – Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll battled it out to also finish in the points (P6), placing the constructor as a whole in second place right behind Red Bull.

“[It’s] amazing for the team. It was a great weekend/ Finishing on the podium in the first race of the year. It is just amazing what Aston Martin did over the winter to have the second-best car on race one. This is just unreal,” Fernando Alonso remarked after the race.

“But we had not the best start today. We had to pass on track. It felt a little bit more exciting. More adrenaline for sure. People enjoy it. We did enjoy [it] as well.”

The season may be long and incredibly unforgiving, but for the time being, it would appear everything’s going according to El Plan for the 41-year-old Spaniard.

Check out the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix results below.

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2023 Bahrain Grand Prix Results

2Sergio PÉREZRed Bull+11.98718
3Fernando ALONSOAston Martin+38.63715
4Carlos SAINZFerrari+48.05212
5Lewis HAMILTONMercedes+50.97710
6Lance STROLLAston Martin+54.5028
7George RUSSELLMercedes+55.8736
8Valtteri BOTTASAlfa Romeo+72.6474
9Pierre GASLYAlpine+73.7532
10Alexander ALBONWilliams+89.7741
11Yuki TSUNODAAlpha Tauri+90.8700
12Logan SARGEANTWilliams+1 Lap0
13Kevin MAGNUSSENHaas+1 Lap0
14Nyck DE VRIESAlpha Tauri+1 Lap0
15Nico HULKENBERGHaas+1 Lap0
16Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo+1 Lap0
17Lando NORRISMcLaren+2 Laps0
18Esteban OCONAlpineDNF0
19Charles LECLERCFerrariDNF0
20Oscar PIASTRIMcLarenDNF0

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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