Alonso’s decision to switch to Aston Martin was originally believed to be a poor move given their speed deficit to Alpine, but the tables have turned now. The two-time world champion elected to leave Alpine after the French team refused to offer him a multi-year deal, while Pierre Gasly – Alonso’s replacement – finished ninth as Esteban Ocon failed to finish.
Meanwhile, Stroll surpassed expectations to finish in a very impressive sixth despite missing out on testing as he dealt with a wrist injury. The 24-year-old was not expecting to compete in the 2023 curtain-raiser due to injuries but he remarkably battled through his injuries to claim an impressive eight points to go alongside Alonso’s 15.
Aston Martin will look to continue their form at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in two weeks on 19 March.