“It was unexpected, in a way, how competitive the team was from the first race,” Alonso said. “We found ourselves in a very strong position, so we maximised every opportunity in the first few races.
“In the last few events, we were maybe not as competitive as the first part of the year, but we still scored points in every single weekend. Now in the second part of the year, I think we want to go back to a more competitive position.
“I think everything is so tight now behind Red Bull with Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren – so we want to be in that fight until Abu Dhabi. And that’s the aim.”
With widespread expectations having immediately been altered following its storming start to 2023, Alonso contends that Aston Martin must nail every aspect across a race weekend to fight against the very best.
“I think it was a surprise for us that the car was fast, but I think the team was outstanding over the winter, understanding what the problems were last year,” he added. “I think reliability, strategy – everything – we did things really good in most of the races to get those results.
“It’s not only the pace of the car, you need to master everything in the weekend from free practice one until Sunday.
“I think we are like playing in [the] Champions League at the moment and we are finding ourselves with the very top teams, trying to develop as well as off track. This is going to be the biggest challenge for Aston Martin now.”