Fernando Alonso signs with Aston Martin for several seasons

Fernando Alonso signs with Aston Martin for several seasons

Just four days after the announcement of the retirement of Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin quickly returned from one world champion to another. The team owned by Lawrence Stroll announced on Monday that Fernando Alonso, champion in 2005 and 2006, will be one of its drivers from 2023 and for several seasons. The Spaniard, who celebrated his 41st birthday three days ago, is therefore leaving Alpine after just two seasons.

For several weeks, discussions were going on between the French team and Alonso, but their turn did not please Alonso, who found two important things with Aston Martin: a salary that corresponds to his needs and a multi-year contract. “I have watched this team time and time again attract great people and pedigree winners. And I was informed of the great commitment of the new factory and new resources at Silverstone, Alonso said in an official statement. No one in Formula 1 today shows such vision and total dedication to winning. That’s what makes this opportunity so exciting for me. »

“I still have the will and the will to fight and I want to be part of an organization that is determined to learn, grow and win”

Author of the podium last year in Qatar (3rd) and tenth in the World Championship in 2021 as in the classification of 2022, the Spaniard confirms that this choice, for the team that won last in the Constructors’ Championship, is not to refuse to be. competition. “I still have the will and motivation to fight forward and I want to be part of an organization that is determined to learn, grow and win. We are aware that there is a lot to do to get back to the front and we must put all our energy into working together for more performance. »

Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance will continue to occupy another seat in the team, insisted “I am looking to bring together the best people, develop the right resources and set up the right organization to be successful in this highly competitive sport and those plans are now starting to materialize at Silverstone. So it seemed natural to invite Fernando to be part of this development of a winning team. In our exchange, it quickly became apparent that we had the same desires and the same values. »

Alonso’s departure could benefit Oscar Piastri. The 21-year-old Australian, who is the Formula 2 champion in 2021, is from Alpine College. He was the team’s reserve driver this season who was actively looking for a place on the grid, finally it could be directly in his own colors.