While Fernando Alonso will join Aston Martin in 2023, the Spanish driver will have had a difficult last year with Alpine. He had deplored the lack of reliability of the French team’s car, but he will be joining a team of a different calibre, or so the Spaniard claims. Fernando Alonso spoke of an extraordinary objective: a fourth world championship title and a direct challenge for the title with Max Verstappen.
After a difficult season with Alpine, notably due to his numerous retirements this year, Fernando Alonso will join Aston Martin in 2023 to replace Sebastian Vettel, who will retire. After looking back on his 2022 season, the Spanish driver revealed his objectives with the British team.
In comments reported by MotorSport, Fernando Alonso looked back on his last season with Alpine. He spoke of the many problems he had during the year.
“I think that after 2022, I could only be extremely lucky next year. I know there is a lot of talk about Mexico, there are five retirements because of engine problems but there are also four races where I finished without a battery, or the car didn’t start at the start, or I lost a wheel in a pit stop,
“These are problems almost in the middle of the races. I should be ahead of anyone else in the championship behind the top six. We’re similar to last year and McLaren has taken a step back, so that’s why we’re still fighting for fourth place.”
“Fight for the championship in 2023 and 2024”
While he will be joining Aston Martin for the 2023 season, Fernando Alonso has announced some very big things for next year: dethroning Max Verstappen.
“Lawrence Stroll’s project is more ambitious than Alpine’s. The initial objective is to try to fight for the world championship in 2023 and 2024. That’s the goal, 100%,
“Aston Martin is not there to finish fifth, sixth or fourth in the constructors’ championship. They are here to win the World Championship and that is what we will be trying to do in 2023 and 2024. This year is what it is, no one at Aston Martin looks at the results very much. It’s good to see improvements.”
Aston Martin are currently seventh in the constructors’ championship and had been beset with woeful problems at the factory earlier in the year, so it does appear incredibly unlikely that they’ll be a front running next season.
Early testing: “I’m looking forward to it”
While Fernando Alonso will be released earlier than expected by Alpine, the Spanish driver will subsequently be able to test his future car on November 22.
For him, this will be an important moment in view of the coming season.
“It is important. Not so much in terms of performance, because the car will be very different next year for everyone. But in terms of comfort, the steering wheel, the dials, the seat, all those things I can change to make it fit. It will be nice to have a day in the car and I’m looking forward to it.”