Technical director Eric Blendon says Fernando Alonso’s feedback to Aston Martin is among the fundamental changes to the 2023 car.

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin in 2023 after joining from Alpine. He will partner two-time world champion Lance Stroll. Aston Martin are hoping for a big improvement after finishing seventh in last season’s constructors’ standings.

Last updated: 20/01/23 at 4:44 pm

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin this season.

Fernando Alonso will drive for Aston Martin this season.

Aston Martin deputy technical director Eric Blendon has revealed that radical changes to the team’s 2023 car have been influenced by feedback from newcomer Fernando Alonso.

The two-time world champion joined Aston Martin from Alpine at the end of the previous campaign and was able to drive the British team’s 2022 car in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

Aston Martin endured a disappointing season, finishing seventh in the constructors’ standings despite significant investment from owner Laurence Stroll, whose son is teammate to Lance Alonso.

“Fernando’s opinion is very accurate,” said Blendon.

“He explained clearly what he wanted from the car and immediately pointed out a few things that we have been able to incorporate into the design of the AMR23.

Alonso, 41, brings a wealth of experience to the British team.

Alonso, 41, brings a wealth of experience to the British team.

“Last season, Fernando drove a car that was completely different to ours – and more competitive. After driving the AMR22, he was able to quickly compare the two cars and say, ‘It’s clearly better. , it’s clearly worse, and that’s what we should be paying attention to.”

Blendon, who joined Aston Martin last year after enjoying a successful 10-year spell with Mercedes, then chief aerodynamicist, explained the stark differences between last year’s car and the new model.

“We took all of our learnings from last year’s car and applied them to this year’s car,” Blendon said.

Alonso drove for Aston Martin in November's post-season test in Abu Dhabi

Alonso drove for Aston Martin in November’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi

“So much of the AMR23 is new, it’s completely different from the AMR22. We’ve changed more than 90 percent of the parts and more than 95 percent of the aerodynamic surfaces are different.

“AMR22 became a laboratory. We tested many things on track to further our understanding and this progress in understanding was reflected in our improved performance towards the end of last season.

“We were able to push the performance envelope with how we were driving the car. That wasn’t possible with the initial concept we had at the start of the season.”

Aston Martin has announced that they will officially launch their AMR23 on February 13, 10 days before pre-season testing begins in Bahrain. The opening Grand Prix of the season is also in Bahrain, taking place from March 3 to 5.

Alonso was delighted with the ‘special’ Aston Martin atmosphere.

Alonso, who replaced Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin following the German’s retirement from F1, believes a “special atmosphere” within the team will help boost growth in 2023.

The 41-year-old Spaniard had another impressive campaign with Alpine, but confidence let him down on several occasions as he eventually finished ninth in the drivers’ standings.

Reflecting on his Aston Martin’s post-season test, Alonso said: “Next year’s car will be very different to this one, so any feedback you get from it doesn’t really relate to when we drive the AMR23. are

Alonso had to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his last race with Alpine

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Alonso had to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his last race with Alpine

Alonso had to retire from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his last race with Alpine

“But I saw some different philosophies about setting up the car, preparing the car as well as managing the power unit. There are a lot of things that you get early feedback from; we sit down and try to get the best out of it. Everything has to be done

“You can feel the energy in the team and how motivated everyone is. I can’t wait for next year. I feel a very special atmosphere in the garage.”

Before joining Mercedes in 2011, Blanding spent two years working with Alonso at Ferrari, and believes the Spaniard can help take Aston Martin to the “next level”.

“Fernando is a great driver. There aren’t many drivers of his caliber on the grid – you can count them on one hand,” added Blendin.

Alonso says he hopes to have 'more luck next year' after forced retirement from Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Alonso says he hopes to have ‘more luck next year’ after forced retirement from Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Alonso says he hopes to have ‘more luck next year’ after forced retirement from Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

“He’s very passionate, very motivated … extremely driven. After what he’s accomplished, he has that unquenchable hunger to win.

Signing Fernando was huge for the team.

“He will push Lance as well. They will complement each other and he will excel in that. We have a very strong driver duo, and it is up to us to give them a competitive car.

“We can have the best driver duo on the grid, but if we don’t give them a fast car it won’t count for much. We need to deliver.”



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