Szafnauer reflects on Alonso’s departure

Szafnauer reflects on Alonso’s departure


The experienced American manager, who for a long time was leading the Force India team, which became Racing Point and then Aston Martin Racing, left Lawrence Stroll’s team to take over as head of the Alpine F1 Team in March last year.

He is therefore in a good position to analyze the transfer of Fernando Alonso as he was at the center of the discussions, even if it was Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi who led the negotiations regarding the Spaniard’s contract.

“Obviously there were all kinds of rumors in the paddock and I heard that Aston Martin was interested, reveals Otmar. There were probably informal discussions, but I was sure that, despite these communications, we were very close to an agreement. »

“I asked him a question on Sunday evening and Fernando denied me any talks or signing with another team, He says. And then, before he left, I confirmed to him that we would add it soon, so I was very surprised by this announcement the next morning. »

Now we know that Alonso’s management played for a while to miss the option date (on his behalf) and immediately signed with Aston Martin.

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