Fernando Alonso To Join Aston Martin In 2023

Fernando Alonso To Join Aston Martin In 2023

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Veteran Spanish Formulation One driver Fernando Alonso stated he “intends to win once more” after Aston Martin introduced Monday that he could be becoming a member of the group on a multi-year contract from 2023. The double world champion, who turned 41 on Friday and was coming to the tip of his contract with French group Alpine, will exchange German driver Sebastian Vettel, a four-time champion, who final week introduced his retirement from Formulation One on the finish of the present season.

Alonso, who received his world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, stated the Aston Martin group — which is owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll whose son Lance drives the opposite automotive — “is clearly making use of the power and dedication to win” and is “some of the thrilling groups in Formulation One right now”.

“I’ve recognized Lawrence and Lance for a few years and it is extremely apparent that they’ve the ambition and fervour to achieve Formulation One,” stated Alonso who got here eighth in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and is at the moment tenth on the planet championship standings.

The Spaniard made his F1 debut in 2001. After profitable his world titles with Renault — the precursor to Alpine — he failed so as to add any extra in two spells with McLaren and through a five-year stint with Ferrari.

In 2018, he left the game to strive his hand at different types of racing, profitable the Le Mans 24 Hours twice and participating within the Indianapolis 500 and the Dakar Rally.

Alonso returned to Formulation One with Alpine in 2021, clinching his 98th and most up-to-date podium at that yr’s Qatar GP. His final victory got here at his dwelling Grand Prix in Barcelona in 2013, however he’s keen so as to add to his 32 race wins.

“I nonetheless have the starvation and ambition to combat to be on the entrance, and I need to be a part of an organisation that’s dedicated to be taught, develop and succeed,” Alonso stated.

“I intend to win once more on this sport and subsequently I’ve to take the alternatives that really feel proper to me.”

Vettel, who scored 53 GP wins and received 4 successive championships with Pink Bull from 2010 to 2013, had tipped his good friend and protege Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, to be his successor.

Nevertheless, the British-based group which remains to be creating since Stroll took it over in 2020, have turned as an alternative to the wealth of expertise that Alonso can provide.

“The entire firm could be very excited to deliver Fernando’s unbelievable expertise and sensible tempo and racecraft to the group,” Aston Martin stated in a press release.

“The recruitment of a particular expertise comparable to Fernando is a transparent assertion of intent from an organisation that has dedicated to creating a profitable Formulation One group.”

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