Aston Martin have said they don’t need to convince Fernando Alonso to join… he already knows what’s going on in every team.
Alonso rocked the F1 world when it was announced that he would be the driver to replace retiring Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in 2023 and 2024.
Alonso’s current Alpine team is leading the fight in midfield and Aston Martin is a little behind this season, which begs the question why the two-time world champion took a step back in the current pecking order.
However, Aston Martin did not need to convince Alonso of their ongoing and ambitious project to challenge the F1 elite because he had already gathered a lot of information about the team through his contacts.
“I think it didn’t take much convincing work, [with Fernando]”, said Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krak Sky F1.
“I think Fernando has a very large network of contacts in Formula 1. He knows more or less what is going on in every team. BUT
I think he sees [clear] role in our project, with the people we hire with our infrastructure, but also not to forget the number of people, good people, that we already had on board.
“So there was no compelling work from that point of view.”
Krak was then asked about other names that were on the potential shortlist to replace Vettel, but although he did not reveal any information on the matter, he confirmed that the plan was to continue with the four-time world champion next season.
Alonso only appeared on Aston Martin’s radar when Vettel confirmed he no longer wanted to continue racing in F1 after the 2022 season ended.
“It was always clear to us that we wanted to continue working with Sebastian,” Krak repeated.
“Our plans were to continue with Sebastian, we always talked about it and the alternative came only when Sebastian said he was going to stop.”
Krak is also unfazed by Alonso’s reputation as a breakout figure in F1 and says his mentality will help Aston Martin move even further in the coming years.
“He’s a champion,” Crack said. “There is a reason they exist and that is because they are very competitive.
“They ask the right questions, they push teams to the limit, and we think it’s important to have someone who asks awkward questions.
“This pushes us one step further. So I think it’s right for the team to have people like that.”
Alonso rekindled his old feud with Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix, calling him an “idiot” who “knows how to race ahead”.
Hamilton responded Tuesday by uploading an image of Fernando Alonso’s signed cap to Instagram.