Fernando extends our points-scoring run in a demanding 2023 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Lance and Fernando executed trouble-free races as we came away from Monza with two more points on the board, extending our points-scoring run to 16 consecutive weekends.
Fernando qualified 10th and 20th on a challenging Saturday, where Lance managed his first practice laps of the weekend thanks to a fuel system issue in Free Practice Two.
With its ultra-high-speed demands, Monza isn’t a track that suits the AMR23, and neither driver made inroads as they began the race on Medium compounds. Both switched to Hards as the midway point of the race approached and, at the chequered flag of a caution-free race, Fernando finished a solid ninth while Lance made up a couple of places to take P16.
There are more opportunities ahead. Attention turns to Singapore, where we aim for a more competitive weekend amid the streets of Marina Bay.
Read what Fernando, Lance and Team Principal Mike Krack said after Sunday’s race at at Monza.
It was a tough race today and one of the most physically challenging of the year. We will take many lessons from this weekend and look to improve next time. I hoped we might catch Lewis [Hamilton] when he got the penalty, but as soon as he passed Alex [Albon], I knew it would be difficult. Unfortunately, Ferrari jumped us in the Constructors’ Championship after this result, so we must bounce back at the next race. There are still a lot of races and points left in the Championship.
The car didn’t have the pace we needed today, so managing it was a tough race. We tried to do something slightly different with the strategy and only stopped once, but the tyres were falling off towards the end of the stint so I couldn’t hold the position. It’s been a difficult weekend for us, so we have some work to do before we head to Singapore in a couple of weeks.
Mike Krack, Team Principal:
Scoring some points with Fernando was a minor consolation for a tricky weekend in Monza. Maybe with a few more laps, we could have challenged Lando [Norris] and Alex [Albon], but not many opportunities were available. Lance did a good job today. He moved ahead of the Haas and Alpine drivers, but he suffered with the tyres dropping off in the final part of the race. We always knew Monza would not be a remarkably kind track to us, and we had to take today’s lessons into AMR24. We will work hard to return to a more competitive position in Singapore.