Abrupt turn of events in the future Fernando Alonso. While it looked like the historic Spanish driver was going to renew his contract with Alpine, Aston Martin confirms his signing for next season.
“We are delighted with the incorporation of Fernando Alonso for next season. The double Formula 1 world champion will sign a multi-year contract”, confirmed the British team in an official statement on their social networks.
Following Sebastian Vettel’s recent announcement of his retirement, the team led by Lawrence Stroll, a man who has always held the Spaniard in high esteem, quickly moved into the market to fill the void left by the German in Aston Martin.
In the statement, Fernando Alonso himself, who will leave Alpine After a campaign full of mistakes in the team and problems in his car, he assured that Aston Martin applies the energy and the commitment “to win”.
“I have known Lawrence and Lance (Stroll) for many years and it is very evident that they have the ambition and the passion to succeed in Formula 1. I have seen how the team has consistently attracted great people with winning pedigrees, and I realized the great commitment to the new facilities and resources at Silverstone,” said the Spaniard.
“No one in Formula 1 today shows greater vision and absolute commitment to winning, and that makes this a really exciting opportunity for me. I still have the thirst and the ambition to fight. to be at the forefront, and I want to be part of an organization dedicated to learning, growing and succeeding.”
Alonso assured that the “passion” and “desire to win” he witnessed aboard Aston Martin convinced him to maintain “his pleasure and his commitment” with the F1. “I intend to win again in this sport and so I have to take the opportunities that seem appropriate to me,” he added.
For his part, the executive chairman of the Aston Martin F1 team, Lawrence Promenade, assured that he admires Alonso. “I have known and admired Fernando for many years and it has always been clear that he is a committed winner like me,” he commented.
“I set out 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 taking shape at Silverstone.”
Thus, the chairman of Aston Martin seemed “natural” to sign Alonso. “We quickly established in our recent conversations that we had the same ambitions and values, and it was logical and easy to confirm our willingness to work together,” he said.
Also manager of the British team, Mike Krakunderlined the “excitement” they are feeling at the moment after being able to confirm Alonso from 2023. “I have witnessed the emotion in the engineering team and throughout the organization at the opportunity to work with Fernando,” he said.
“We know almost anyone can learn from someone of Fernando’s caliber and experience. We are sure this will inspire everyone to improve and it will only add to the already contagious energy that exists within the team. We are creating a winning organization, and it is clear that Fernando will accelerate our progress.”
“The team has a new direction focused on the development of AMR23, and we are all delighted that they and our future projects will benefit from the knowledge and experience that Fernando will bring,” concluded the Luxembourger.