Fernando Alonso was the best choice in the F1 driver market for Aston Martin to approach after Sebastian Vettel announced his decision to retire, according to Spanish F1 journalist Jesus Balseiro.
Sebastian Vettel stunned the F1 community by announcing his decision to walk away from the sport at the end of the season just before the start of the 2022 F1 Hungarian GP.
The silly season in the F1 driver market, however, did not officially kick into gear until the first day of the summer break when Aston Martin dropped the announcement of a multi-year contract agreement with Alonso.
While the news got Alpine off guard and surprised many, Aston Martin replacing one world champion with another seemed axiomatic to Jesus Balseiro, who normally plies his trade with as.com.
While in conversation about Fernando Alonso’s next career move on the latest episode of the F1 Nation podcast, the Spanish journalist said:
Balseiro went on to add, saying:
Aston Martin’s 2023 car will be the first to be designed by British engineer Dan Fallows, who rose to stardom as Red Bull‘s aerodynamicist before being lured away by team Silverstone. So, things could be looking up for Fernando Alonso next season.
Fernando Alonso is in agreement with Alpine F1 CEO Laurent Rossi about the possibility of an athletic and fit woman at 30 being better than him in his present condition.
The Spaniard began his F1 career back in 2001 and since then has gone on to become a two-time world champion with 32 wins and 98 podiums. Following the 2022 F1 British GP, Alonso overtook Kimi Raikkonen for the most distance driven in the history of the sport.
Earlier this season, Alpine launched an initiative to try and get more women into motorsport and subsequently in F1. In a subsequent interview, Rossi pointed out that women are jet fighter pilots and astronauts, before suggesting that a perfectly fit woman at 30 could perform better than their veteran driver.
When asked to weigh in on the Frenchman’s comments in the pre-race press conference at Silverstone this season, Fernando Alonso said:
Alonso went on to add, saying:
The 41-year-old has to finish the remaining nine races in the 2022 F1 calendar before he can move on to his next challenge while Alpine still try and find his replacement for 2023.
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