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Alonso considers fulfilling Lawrence Stroll’s dream of a double podium in Montreal ‘a strong goal’ for Aston Martin

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Although it is not a home race for the Aston Martin team at Silverstone, it is owned by owner Lawrence Stroll. The Canadian has set his drivers the goal of achieving their first podium for the first time this season, which Fernando Alonso knows will be a tall order.

The Spaniard was impressive on the podium at the start of the year and his stint was somewhat derailed in Barcelona on a track unsuited for the AMR23. But he expects that to change here, especially since the team has made improvements to this circuit.

“I think it should be a good weekend, but you never know until you’re on the right track,” said Alonso. “We also had predictions in Barcelona and we didn’t do this race. Let’s see. We also have some new parts in the car for this race. Depending on the weather we will try to test and validate them and hopefully be more competitive than Barcelona.”

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Alonso knows what it takes to win here, even though it was 2006, one of his championship years for Renault. But he was convinced his experience could be an advantage on a notoriously difficult track—especially if it was raining.

” [Here you] “You have to have a clear confidence in the car,” he said. “It’s a semi-urban circuit, you get very close to the walls and you also have to ride on the pavement. It’s a very bumpy circuit. The weather usually plays a role here as it does again this weekend. Experience always helps – it’s the 17th Canadian Grand Prix or eighteen [for me] So this always helps. »

As for Lawrence Stroll’s desire to be crowned twice, what Alonso called “a solid goal”, the Spaniard certainly did not exclude, although only Red Bull and Mercedes have achieved this feat this season.

” ambitious [Lawrence Stroll] Always very high and we will try to make him happy and proud during his home Grand Prix.

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Speaking of Stroll, his son will have to chase his first podium of the year to achieve his father’s goal – a tough one but he looked very poised ahead of the weekend.

“Let’s try to make him happy and make it happen!” said Stroll, who has a better ninth-place finish in his home race — and is looking to become the first Canadian since Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 to jump on the podium in Montreal.

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