Aston Martin announced on Monday morning (1) the hiring of Fernando Alonso for the 2023 Formula 1 season. The agreement is valid for many years and is announced by the British team just days after Sebastian Vettel revealed that he will leave the world’s top division. car game at the end of this year’s championship.
The recruitment of the two-time world champion by the British team opens up a place at Alpine, the team that the Spaniard has defended since last season, when he returned to F1. Therefore, it is likely that Oscar Piastri, the current Formula 2 champion, will be announced as Esteban Ocon’s partner for 2023. Alonso, highlights Aston Martin’s commitment to the category.
“Aston Martin puts energy and commitment into winning and is therefore one of the most promising teams in F1 today. I have known Lawrence and Lance for many years and it is clear that they have the will and passion to win in F1.
“I’ve been watching how the team has always attracted great people with a winning mindset and I’ve gained an understanding of the commitment to new facilities and resources at Silverstone. No one in F1 today shows such a great vision and total commitment to winning, and that makes it a very exciting opportunity. to me.
“I still want to fight to be ahead and I want to be part of an organization that is dedicated to learning, developing and succeeding. We all know that there is a lot to be done to move forward, and that we must use all our energy to work together to find performance”, explains Alonso.
“The passion and desire for performance that I have witnessed convinces me to maintain my joy and dedication to the sport. I have the desire to win again in this sport and, therefore, I must take advantage of the opportunities that seem fair to me”, adds the Spaniard.
Lawrence Stroll, the owner of Aston Martin, said he is looking to put together the best team so that the team can grow in F1. The businessman also claims that a driver like Alonso, who has the same expectations as the team in the division, has the ability to work for the development of the team.
“I have known and loved Fernando for many years and it is clear that he is as dedicated a winner as I am. I was determined to bring together the best people and develop the right resources and organization to succeed in this highly competitive sport, and those plans are now starting to take shape at Silverstone, said Lawrence Stroll.
“It felt natural, therefore, to invite Fernando to be part of the development of a winning team, and we realized very quickly in our recent talks that we have the same expectations and values, and it was smart and easy to confirm our desire to work together.”
With the signing of Alonso, the Formula 1 grid for 2023 already has 12 confirmed drivers. However, it can be said that this number is 13, since one of the positions must be Lance Stroll, the son of Lawrence Stroll and who must continue on the grid to have the Spaniard as his teammate.
Check out the 2023 F1 grid:
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
McLaren: Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
Alpine: Esteban Ocon
AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll*
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas
Williams: there is no-one
Haha: there is no-one
*son of Aston Martin owner, can automatically renew contract