The Aston Martin Formula One team have replaced their recently retired driver Sebastian Vettel with another world champion in Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard has agreed to join the team in 2023 on a multi-year deal. Alonso returned to Formula 1 in 2021 with French team Alpine after a two-year break and has pulled off some incredible races alongside Esteban Ocon.
When Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement, Alonso was one of the favourites to replace him. Similarly, speculations about Mick Schumacher as a possible option also surfaced as he reportedly didn’t want to extend his contract with Ferrari Driving Academy at the end of the season and a possible move to a team which doesn’t have any ties with the Prancing Horse
I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front: Alonso
In the 2022 season, Fernando Alonso is tenth in the Drivers’ Championship with 41 points. Addressing his new team, Fernando Alonso talked about how he is ready to commit and win again. He said, “This Aston Martin team is clearly applying the energy and commitment to win, and it is, therefore, one of the most exciting teams in Formula 1 today.”
“I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front, and I want to be part of an organisation that is committed to learn, develop and succeed. We all appreciate that there is much to be done to get to the front and that we must apply all our energies in working together to find performance.”
“The passion and desire to perform that I have witnessed convince me to maintain my enjoyment and commitment to the sport. I intend to win again in this sport and therefore I have to take the opportunities that feel right to me.”
Everyone can learn from someone of Fernando’s calibre and experience: Krack
Team Principal Mike Krack also expressed excitement about working with the two-time world champion. He also addressed how Alonso would have an incredible impact on the overall team. He said, “I have witnessed the excitement in the engineering team and throughout the whole organisation at the opportunity to work with Fernando. We know that nearly everyone can learn from someone of Fernando’s calibre and experience.”