Aston Martin relishes the challenge of producing a car worthy of Fernando Alonso next season.
The two-time world champion is set to move from Alpine to Aston Martin in 2023 to replace Sebastian Vettel, who retires at the end of the season.
Team boss Mike Krack is enthusiastic about the Spaniard’s ‘unique combination’ of attributes, but knows things could get tough if they don’t deliver him a car fast enough for him to drive it.
“It will be difficult for us. Normally, drivers with that experience, they don’t have that desire to win…especially if they’ve already won,” he told theBBC.
“Fernando has this unique combination of speed, hunger, drive and experience. For us, he’s the ideal candidate. The downside could be that if the car we deliver is just not good enough, we know it gets difficult.
“We think having someone like Fernando is really, really important to take the next step as a team,” Krack added.
Aston Martin have achieved 11 top 10 finishes this season, with Vettel’s sixth place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix being his best result. They are ninth out of 10 teams in the constructors’ standings with six races on the calendar.
“You have to learn how to manage champions, which we have already done with Sebastian,” he added. “Because these drivers are very demanding, they are quite difficult to manage.
“I wouldn’t even say Sebastian is that hard to deal with if you’re transparent and honest and straightforward. And I think it’s the same for Fernando.
“He knows very well coming here that we probably won’t win the first race together. But he can rest assured that we give him our all and we will listen to what he has to say…”