Fernando Alonso to join Aston Martin as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement for Formula 1 2023

Fernando Alonso to make shock move from Alpine to Aston Martin, joining on “multi-year deal” from 2023; Alonso will partner Lance Stroll after Sebastian Vettel confirmed retirement; Door open for Oscar Piastri to replace Alonso at Alpine

Last Updated: 01/08/22 9:37am

Fernando Alonso will race for Aston Martin from the 2023 Formula 1 season, joining the team as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement.

In a shock move that was confirmed out of the blue on Monday morning, Aston Martin say Alonso has signed a “multi-year deal” to race for them.

The two-time world champion, who currently drives for Alpine and turned 41 last week, will fill the position of fellow multiple title-winner Sebastian Vettel after the German confirmed his retirement.

Alonso will partner Lance Stroll, son of team owner Lawrence, and Aston Martin hailed the signing as “a clear statement of intent” as they look to develop a winning team.

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

“I have known Lawrence and Lance for many years and it is very obvious that they have the ambition and passion to succeed in Formula One.

“I have watched as the team has systematically attracted great people with winning pedigrees, and I have become aware of the huge commitment to new facilities and resources at Silverstone.

“No one in Formula One today is demonstrating a greater vision and absolute commitment to winning, and that makes it a really exciting opportunity for me.”

Alonso, who last won a race in 2012 but has been in fine form for Alpine since returning to F1 two years ago, added: “I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front, and I want to be part of an organisation that is committed to learn, develop and succeed.

“We all appreciate that there is much to be done to get to the front, and that we must apply all our energies in working together to find performance.

“The passion and desire to perform that I have witnessed convince 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 feel right to me.”

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