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Did Aston Martin's Imola F1 updates really fail?

OPINION: Aston Martin arrived at Imola with a new batch of upgrades aimed at climbing Formula 1's pecking order, yet seemed to go backwards compared to its rivals. But is it too early to deem the developments a failure?

In the early rounds of 2023's Formula 1 season, Aston Martin's rise from the midfield to regular podium-scoring form had been a convenient way to cleanse the palate amid Red Bull's domination of last year's championship. That the evergreen Fernando Alonso had thrown his lot in with the Silverstone team appeared to be a risk, but one that had paid off given the AMR23's plentiful grip and low-speed performance.

Had the Monaco tyre call been slightly different when rain began to loom large above the Cote d'Azur, Alonso might have beaten Max Verstappen to victory at the principality. Although podiums became less common after that, the veteran Spaniard nonetheless managed to visit the rostrum a few more times before the season was out - even when a late-season stack of upgrades took a few races to figure out.

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