Fernando Alonso did not leave Alpine despite leaving

Fernando Alonso did not leave Alpine despite leaving


When it was expected that he would continue at Alpine, Fernando Alonso chose to leave and go to Aston Martin for the next seasons of Formula 1. Since he did not have a contract for 2022, he did not have to “divorce” from the French. team, which was not disappointed by the pilot despite the strange situation.

According to the leader of the Alpine team, Otmar Szafnauer, it was not a surprise at all, as he told the website planetf1.com, explaining that only the timing of the announcement was unexpected:

– Sunday [do GP da Hungria] there were rumors in the paddock that this might happen. So it wasn’t a big surprise. But what was surprising is that we have come far from Fernando and our conversation with him. And we had good faith in the negotiations, we passed the last hurdle and Fernando indicated that he was ready to sign. He was also doing business with others, which we knew. He was free and more than welcome to do so. The only thing that was surprising was that it was announced on Monday morning after Sunday night he showed that there was no rush, so that was just a surprise.’

As for whether Alonso’s decision to move to Aston Martin was a factor in his disappointment, the Alpine official denied: ‘No, not at all. Like I said, he was free. There was no obligation for Fernando to do anything more than that, except that he had the right to do it himself. And, as I always say, the deal must be good for both parties. And if he has found a plan that is best for him, then let him follow it. We did our best.’