Alonso named Vettel’s replacement at Aston Martin F1 team

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The Aston Martin Method 1 crew on Monday named Fernando Alonso as its alternative for Sebastian Vettel, who will depart the squad and the game on the finish of the 2022 season to spend extra time together with his younger household.

Alonso, who turned 41 this 12 months, signed a multi-year contract with Aston Martin beginning in 2023. He will likely be paired with present driver Lance Stroll, son of Aston Martin Chairman Lawrence Stroll.

“I’ve recognized Lawrence and Lance for a few years and it is extremely apparent that they’ve the ambition and fervour to achieve Method 1,” Alonso mentioned in an announcement. “I nonetheless have the starvation and ambition to struggle to be on the entrance, and I need to be a part of a corporation that’s dedicated to be taught, develop and succeed.”

The double-world champion at present drives for Alpine and has proven some promise in opposition to youthful competitors within the midfield since his return to F1 final 12 months after a two-year break. His alternative at Alpine is but to be named.

It was with Alpine, racing beneath its former Renault identify, the place Alonso received his two world championships again in 2005 and 2006. He is additionally pushed for Minardi, McLaren and Ferrari in a profession that has seen him make 346 begins, second solely to the retired Kimi Raikkonen with 349 begins.

Alonso lately has additionally dabbled exterior of F1. The spotlight was with Toyota within the World Endurance Championship throughout the2018 and 2019 seasons, every time successful general on the 2024 Hours of Le Mans. He additionally raced with McLaren’s IndyCar crew within the Indy 500 in 2017 and 2020 in a quest to achieve motorsport’s triple crown (wins on the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500), although did not discover a lot success there.

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