Belgian F1 GP 2022: Aston Martin reveals how I convinced Fernando Alonso
Aston Martin published a juicy interview on his website with Mike Krak. The British team principal offers interesting details on the signing of Fernando Alonso. He assures that the double F1 world champion did not demand to be the number 1 of the team and specifies that the money was not decisive for the “14” to decide to leave. Alpine join the ranks of the team based in Silverstone from 2023.
How the signature was handled.
“We are still focused on Sebastian Vettel, but we are trying to get an answer from him before the summer break because the longer these talks go on, the more problems you have. Hungary, when ‘Seb’ confirmed his plans and we said he wanted to We officially contacted Fernando later the next day and a few days later the deal was done.
How they convinced Alonso.
“Fernando is totally focused on racing. He is determined to perform and compete at the highest level and he sees Aston Martin F1 as the team that will allow him to do that. Fernando sees the potential in the team – the new facilities we build, the people who hire, the investments made, the milestones the Aston Martin brand has reached…) and he sees this as an opportunity. Aston Martin F1 is the best opportunity for him to achieve what he aspires to achieve .”
To be the number 1 of the team?
“No. Fernando and Lance (Stroll) will have the same status. Fernando didn’t ask for any of that. There were rumors in the media that he was offered things like No.1 status and a big salary, but I can assure you. Fernando doesn’t do it because of status, nor because of salary. Of course, the package has to be up to par with a driver of Fernando’s caliber and experience, but the speed with which the deal was done makes it clear to you that salary and other details of the deal were not Fernando’s main motivations, as he himself said before the summer break: when both parties want to agree on something, it only takes 10 minutes.What convinced Fernando was the opportunity to be part of a team that is progressing and where you can have a real impact.
Los 41 to those of Fernando.
“I don’t see Fernando’s age as a problem. For me it doesn’t change anything. He should be judged on his speed and performance on the track, and clearly he is as good as ever. Plus, he’s not 40. The new 30? I turned 50 this year and people tell me it’s the new 40. If that’s true, Fernando is only 31! wouldn’t rule out the possibility that we have many more years together, if we can progress that we need with the competitiveness of the car. We underperformed as a team last season and this season we know that we have to deliver a winning car.”
What if they don’t make a good car?
“The most important thing is to be transparent and honest; Fernando is very direct. But it’s also important to remember that drivers like Fernando have only succeeded because they keep asking questions, they keep asking questions. push, they always want more. I would be worried and disappointed if he wasn’t like that. However, Fernando shouldn’t be the first to ask these questions, we should ask ourselves. We have to be prepared; we We have to be able to anticipate what he’s going to do. What ideas could he have? What could he expect from the car? “What processes would you like the team to have? what do you think we should do too? answer or are as prepared as possible for these questions, then Fernando will know that we are above everything, he will know that we give our all, that is what he expects of him- himself and those around him”.
Will Alonso be easy to manage?
“It won’t be easy. We will be constantly challenged and pushed for more, that’s the nature of a true champion, but we can be sure that we will get the most out of the car. If we want to grow and become a ‘top’ team, we have to be able to handle these kinds of characters. Fernando is exactly what we need.”
What will Lance Stroll be like having Alonso at Aston Martin?
“People underestimate how good Lance is: they think he’s only here because his dad owns the team and put him in the car. But you don’t do as well against a quadruple world champion by accident, and you don’t win that many championships.” of junior single-seaters like him by accident. It’s important to remember that Lance never really had a winning car in F1. A car in which he can show off his talents. It’s up to us to give that to Alya Fernando. When ‘Seb’ joined the team “People said Lance didn’t have a chance, but Lance did incredibly well against a four-time world champion – they tied. People say the same now that Fernando joins the team, but we’ll see what happens Lance might surprise some people…I don’t know if Fernando underestimates Lance, he’s certainly not afraid to race him in the same car, or another rider, but there’s a respect between them, they’ve known each other for many years, they’ve raced against each other, and Fernando knows the qualities that Lance cherishes, there’s real respect in that .”
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