Fernando Alonso says he had the backing of Aston Martin to take a “risky” approach on the late restart to try and beat Max Verstappen in the Dutch Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso took a risky approach on the late restart of the Dutch Grand Prix in an attempt to beat Max Verstappen, with the backing of Aston Martin. Alonso had discussed with his team the possibility of trying to win the race instead of settling for a strong second place. He launched the lap aggressively on cold tires, aiming to be side-by-side with Verstappen into Turn 1, but couldn’t get close enough. Despite this, Alonso felt confident driving the car, which worked well in the wet conditions. He made early progress on slick tires and credited his strong performance to the trust he had in the car. However, Alonso believes it is too early to determine if Aston Martin is the clear second fastest team, as the upcoming race at Monza will be a different challenge.