Krack Determined To Change Aston Martin's 'Underdog Status'

F1
by Adam OndrikFriday, 02 February 2024 at 22:00
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Aston Martin's team principal said he is determined to change the "very easy" underdog status that his team has enjoyed for many seasons.
Aston Martin was the underdog during the last couple of seasons. The team finished seventh in the Championship in 2021 and 2022, and fifth in 2023.
The British team has been an underdog in the fight for the Championship for a couple of years, but its team principal, Mike Krack, is determined to change it. He said on Aston Martin's official website:

"It's very easy to be an underdog. This team has enjoyed that status for years. It did good things with limited resources and enjoyed its occasional triumphs all the more because they were so very rare. It's easy because there are no expectations."

In 2023, Aston Martin found out just how challenging it is to keep up with the top teams on the grid as, throughout the season, they fell back from second to fifth place on the grid.

"At the other end of the scale, there are serial winners in F1, and they have the hardest job because they are held to an incredibly high standard."

But Aston Martin is on the right path to breaking their underdog status as even McLaren team principal suggested they are one of the five teams equiped to compete for the Championship.

"We're on a journey to become one of those teams, and if we're honest, we still have a huge hill to climb. We did not record any podium finishes in 2022 but had eight last year."

Going into 2024, Aston Martin remains an underdog after how the team fell back at the end of the last season. However, this will change in the near future if the team proves they have what it takes to compete for the championship.

"That provides a degree of confidence – but also raises the level of expectation. We have to learn to cope with that level of expectation, live with greater scrutiny, and stay focused."