How the Aston Martin F1 Convention to Fernando Alonso

How the Aston Martin F1 Convention to Fernando Alonso




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The signing of Alonso by Aston Martin was the big news bombshell of the F1 break which ends this weekend with the Belgian GP row. The Asturian seemed ready to reconnect with Alpine, but will change color and drive green for at least the next two years.

In a move that surprised everyone, many doubts arose. And now, from Aston Martin itself, they explain how the surprising signing of the double world champion was.

The team leader, Mike Krakdetailed how events unfolded in the previous and post Hungarian GP which ended the first part of the season, and how everything accelerated after Vettel announced his retirement.

“We always focus on Sebastian,” admits Krack. “But we insisted on getting an answer before the summer holidays, because the longer these discussions go on, the more problems you have.”

“The ball really started rolling on the Wednesday afternoon before the Hungarian Grand Prix when Sebastian confirmed his plans and told us he wanted to retire. We officially communicated with Fernando the next day and a few days later. late, the deal was done.” .

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And how was Fernando Alonso convinced not to reconnect with Alpine and to sign with Aston Martin? Overall, Alpine is fourth in the constructors’ championship and Aston Martin is only ahead of Williams. However, Krack believes the British team has everything the Spaniard was looking for for his next step in Formula 1, starting in 2023, which will be his 20th season in the premier class.

“Fernando is a machine, a racing machine. He is completely focused on racing,” Krack explains. “He is determined to perform and compete at the highest level and sees Aston Martin as a team that will enable him to do so.”

“Fernando looks at the potential of the team – the new facilities we’re building, the people we’re hiring, the investment that’s being made, the steps the Aston Martin brand is taking – and he sees that as an opportunity. Aston Martin is the best opportunity for him to realize his ambitions.

Although much has been said and written about a high salary in the billionaire’s team Lawrence PromenadeKrack argues that neither the money nor the promise of No. 1 driver status pushed Alonso to take the plunge.

“Fernando and Lance will have the same status, Fernando didn’t ask for any of that. There were rumors in the media that we offered him things like being the number one driver and a good salary, but I can make sure Fernando didn’t even sign for status or salary.

“Of course, everything has to suit a driver of Fernando’s caliber and experience, but the speed with which the deal was done shows that things like the salary or the details of the agreement were not the Fernando’s main motivations.”

And he recalled a few words from Alonso the previous week: “He said it himself before the break: ‘when the two parties want to agree on something, it only takes 10 minutes’. This what convinced Fernando was the opportunity to be part of a team that is progressing and where he can have a real impact.

(Look at all of Fernando Alonso’s cars in Formula 1 before reading on)

Minardi M01 (1999)

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Benetton B200 (2000)

Benetton B200 (2000)

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Minardi PS01 (2001)

Minardi PS01 (2001)

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Picture from: Minardi Formula 1

Renault B201 (2002)

Renault B201 (2002)

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Renault R22 (2002)

Renault R22 (2002)

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Picture by: Mark Gledhill

Jaguar R3 (2002)

Jaguar R3 (2002)

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Picture by: Mark Gledhill

Renault R23 (2003)

Renault R23 (2003)

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Photo by: LAT Images

Renault R24 (2004)

Renault R24 (2004)

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Photo by: LAT Images

Renault R25 (2005)

Renault R25 (2005)

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Photo by: Dave Dyer

Renault R26 (2006)

Renault R26 (2006)

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

McLaren MP4/21 (2006)

McLaren MP4/21 (2006)

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Picture from: Sutton Motorsport Images

McLaren MP4-22 (2007)

McLaren MP4-22 (2007)

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Renault R28 (2008)

Renault R28 (2008)

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Picture from: Sutton Motorsport Images

Renault R29 (2009)

Renault R29 (2009)

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Picture from: Sutton Motorsport Images

Ferrari F10 (2010)

Ferrari F10 (2010)

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Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

Ferrari F150º Italy (2011)

Ferrari F150º Italy (2011)

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Photo by: LAT Images

Ferrari F2012 (2012)

Ferrari F2012 (2012)

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Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Ferrari F138 (2013)

Ferrari F138 (2013)

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Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Ferrari F14T (2014)

Ferrari F14T (2014)

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Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

McLaren MP4-30 (2015)

McLaren MP4-30 (2015)

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Photo by: Carlos Herrera de los Santos

McLaren MP4-31 (2016)

McLaren MP4-31 (2016)

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Picture by: McLaren

McLaren MCL32 (2017)

McLaren MCL32 (2017)

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Photo by: LAT Images

McLaren MCL33 (2018)

McLaren MCL33 (2018)

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Picture by: McLaren

Exhibition with Renault R25 2005 in Abu Dhabi 2020

Exhibition with Renault R25 2005 in Abu Dhabi 2020

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Photo by: Renault Sport

Renault F1 Team RS20: test of the “rookies” after the GP of Abu Dhabi 2020

Renault F1 Team RS20: test of the

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Photo by: Renault Sport

Alpine A521 (2021)

Alpine A521 (2021)

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Alpine A522 (2022)

Alpine A522 (2022)

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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Alpine A522 (with pink decoration)

Alpine A522 (with pink decoration)

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Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images

Alonso will have as a partner the son of the owner of his new team, a less talented driver who, however, at Aston Martin they defend tooth and nail: “People underestimate how good Lance is: they think he is there only because his father owns the team and put him in the car.

“But you’re not doing as well as him against a four-time world champion [Sebastian Vettel] by accident, and you don’t win as many junior championships as he does by accident either.

If Aston Martin pulls out a winning car, Krack explains, Stroll will show what he is capable of: “It’s important to remember that Lance has never really had a winning car in Formula 1, a car where he can show what he is capable of. is capable, to really get his talent. It’s up to us to give it to him and Fernando.”

“When Sebastian joined the team people said Lance didn’t have a chance, but Lance performed incredibly well, they were very balanced. People say the same thing now that Fernando is coming to the team, but let’s wait and see. Lance might surprise some people…”.

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