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Aston Martin brings important updates to the Miami GP

Aston Martin will unveil key upgrades in Miami, which will be a crucial test for the AMR24. The opening rounds of 2024 were difficult for the Silverstone-based team as their performances fluctuated. After promising signs from the Japan updates, Aston Martin suffered severe tire wear in China. This weekend, Mike Krack's technical team will be working to address this issue.

Somewhat paradoxically, Aston Martin's 2024 car has the opposite characteristics of its predecessors. Last season, the British team showed its best performance, especially in the early stages of race day. The AMR23 gave its drivers a predictable work platform on race day – while protecting the tires.

ASTON MARTIN FIGHTS ON RACE DAY

Unfortunately for Aston, the AMR24's impressive qualifying speed came at the expense of its race speed. Similar to Ferrari in 2023, this year's Silverstone-produced car suffers significant tire wear during a Grand Prix.

This has left Fernando Alonso fighting for podium places with Mercedes on Sunday – rather than Red Bull, Ferrari or even McLaren.

Even with a second parc ferme in Shanghai on Sunday, the two-time Aston Martin champion failed to turn his third-place qualifying finish into a top-five finish.

Unlike McLaren, which unveiled a major upgrade package this weekend, Aston Martin's 2024 car is significantly different from its predecessor. With this in mind, there is some optimism that the British team can find a better operating window in the near future.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR24.
April 20, 2024. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 5, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sprint and Qualification Day.
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SMALL IMPROVEMENTS IN MIAMI INCOME

However, the fairly extensive modernizations in Japan have not yet produced any significant results, at least for the time being. This highlights the importance of the upgrades being introduced at AMR24 in Miami.

These new components are relatively minor, but represent part of the team's plan to introduce gradual improvements throughout 2024.

Last season Aston Martin had one of their toughest weekends in COTA when they brought a huge update package to a sprint weekend. This decision resulted in them being brutally penalized for faulty set-up and having to start from the pitlane on Sunday.

However, this weekend's update is relatively minor – so it's unlikely to be a repeat of last season's disaster.

As Formula 1 heads into its sixth round of 2024, Aston Martin will have a larger sample to understand its performance compared to its immediate competitors. If they don't find something soon, it will be very difficult to bridge the gap with McLaren and Ferrari (who have improvements on the way).

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