F1: Aston Martin has signed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin has confirmed the shock signing of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel next season.

The 41-year-old will leave Alpine after two years and signed a “multi-year contract” with Aston after four-time world champion Vettel announced his retirement last week.

Alonso, whose deal with Alpine was coming to the end of the season, had been expected to sign an extension but chose a new challenge to team up with Lance Stroll at Aston – with Alpine now looking to fill a surplus seat for 2023 next to Esteban. Ocon.

Alpine are particularly eyeing Australian Oscar Piastri – last year’s Formula 2 champion – as their back-up driver and this seemingly paves the way for the 21-year-old to take his place on the F1 grid.

“This Aston Martin team clearly uses their energy and commitment to win, and is therefore one of the most exciting teams in Formula 1 today,” said Alonso.

Fernando Alonso to leave Alpine at the end of the season (Anna Szilagyi/AP)

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“I have known Lawrence and Lance for many years and it is very clear that they have the ambition and passion to succeed in Formula 1. I have watched as the team has consistently attracted great people with winning pedigrees and I have realized the huge commitment to new facilities and resources at Silverstone.

“Nobody in Formula 1 today shows a greater vision and total commitment to victory, and that makes it a really exciting opportunity for me. I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the forefront and I want to be part of an organization that is committed to learning, growing and succeeding.”

Alonso’s Alpine team is currently fourth in the Constructors’ Standings, four points ahead of McLaren, while Aston is ninth, 20 points – 79 behind Alpine.

Alonso signed a ‘multi-year deal’ after four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel (pictured) announced his retirement last week

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The Spaniard, who won his world titles in 2005 and 2006 with Renault before racing for the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, is tenth in the drivers’ standings with 41 points. Aston’s highest-ranked driver, Vettel, is 14th with just 16 points.

“We all appreciate that there is a lot to be done to get to the front and that we have to use all our strengths to work together to find performance,” added Alonso.

“The passion and desire to play that I have seen convinces me to maintain my enjoyment and commitment to the sport. I intend to win again in this sport and therefore I have to take the opportunities that seem right to me.”

Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll insisted it was “natural” to approach Alonso as they share the “same ambitions and values” as they aim for an improvement in 2023.

“I have known and admired Fernando for many years and it has always been clear that he is a dedicated winner like myself,” said Stroll.

Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll insisted it was “natural” to approach Alonso

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“I have 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. Therefore, it seemed natural to invite Fernando to participate in the development of a winning team, and very quickly we found in our recent conversations that we have the same ambitions and values, and it was logical and easy to confirm our desire to work together. “

Aston team principal Mike Krack added: “I have seen the excitement in the engineering team and across the organization at the opportunity to work with Fernando.

“We know almost everyone can learn from someone of Fernando’s caliber and experience. We are sure it will inspire everyone to raise their game and this will only enhance the already infectious energy within the team.

“We are on a journey to build a winning organization and it is clear that Fernando will accelerate our progress and lead us to a performance we can be proud of.”

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