F1 LIVE: Aston Martin announces signing of Fernando Alonso as Spaniard leaves Alpine to replace Sebastian Vettel

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Aston Martin has confirmed the shock signing of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel next season in huge news for the start of the F1 summer break.

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.

The news comes after the final race of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Max Verstappen storming from P10 to win his eighth race of the season, with Lewis Hamilton taking his fifth podium in a row in second and his Mercedes teammate George Russell. in the third.

Ferrari once again had a Sunday to forget as Charles Leclerc suffered from poor tire choice to finish sixth, while Carlos Sainz was also stumped by strategy calls and dropped back to fourth.

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Lucas Di Grassi wins second London E-Prix as British star Jake Dennis misses double

Lucas Di Grassi secured his first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship win of the season in a dramatic second race of the 2022 SABIC London E-Prix double-header.

It looked to be a dream weekend for Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis in front of a packed home crowd as the Nuneaton man started on pole in search of back-to-back wins in London only to be spoiled by former champion Di Grassi. the British party taking victory from second place in Round 14 at London’s ExCeL.

The lead changed hands between Di Grassi and Dennis several times as attack mode came into play, but it was the 37-year-old from Sao Paulo whose strategy paid off as he was able to get ahead and then show his experience to keep to the checkered flag.

It was also a great race, to cap off a great weekend, for Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished fourth and extended his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings to 36 points with 58 to play with Mitch Evans . (Jaguar TCS Racing), Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara failed to register a point. Evans in particular was left heartbroken after a mechanical failure saw his car drop to fourth.

But the day went to Di Grassi, finishing ahead of podium finishers Dennis and Nick de Vries, and he was quick to credit his team for a perfect race strategy after a superb display.

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F1 News: RACE REPORT – Max Verstappen wins Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th as Mercedes return to double podium

Max Verstappen won the Hungarian Grand Prix after another Ferrari strategy blunder cost Charles Leclerc a possible victory.

Verstappen crossed the line 7.8 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton, after a late surge from the seven-time world champion, with George Russell third. Leclerc finished sixth and now trails Verstappen by 80 points heading into the sport’s summer break.

After overcoming 30 laps of poleman Russell’s resistance to take the lead with a brilliant move around the outside of the Mercedes at Turn 1, Leclerc looked on course to take the checkered flag. But the Monegasque afternoon was ruined – and his championship hopes dealt an almost irreversible blow – when Ferrari opted to field their star driver on the harder rubber.

From the fastest man on the track, Leclerc was suddenly out of speed and was swallowed up by Verstappen, who started 10th, at the start of the 40th lap. .

But such was his lack of pace in a strategy rejected by tire supplier Pirelli, Verstappen was behind the Ferrari, pulling away from his beleaguered rival at turn two five laps later. From there, Verstappen’s eighth victory in his championship defense never looked in danger, with a second title in as many years looking increasingly likely.

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F1 News: ‘Very difficult’ – Charles Leclerc hands F1 title to Max Verstappen after Ferrari blunder

Charles Leclerc conceded the world championship to Max Verstappen after admitting it will be “very difficult” to stop his rival following another Ferrari blunder at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen takes an 80-point advantage to close a month of the sport – the equivalent of more than three wins with just nine to play – after claiming an eighth victory in his title defense at the Hungaroring following a superb run from 10th in grid.

Lewis Hamilton started seventh and finished second – after his late foray into the field – with George Russell third. After Leclerc overcame resistance from Russell with 30 laps to go to take the lead into Turn 1, he looked destined to win.

But the Monegasque afternoon was ruined – and his championship hopes dealt an almost irreversible blow – when Ferrari opted to field their star driver on the harder rubber. It was a strategy rejected by tire supplier Pirelli, and one Verstappen said the Red Bull team didn’t even consider.

From the fastest man at the Hungaroring, Leclerc was suddenly out of speed and was devoured by Verstappen at the start of lap 40. Verstappen spun at the penultimate corner on the same lap to allow Leclerc back in front. But such was Leclerc’s dramatic loss of pace, Verstappen comfortably passed his beleaguered rival at turn two five laps later. An additional pit stop saw him cross the line in a desperate sixth.

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UPDATE: Fernando Alonso signs for Aston Martin as Spaniard replaces Sebastian Vettel for 2023

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.

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