Current Alpine Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso reveals why he decided to swap the French outfit for Aston Martin, with the Spaniard believing the Silverstone-based outfit will offer him a chance of fighting at the front sometime in the near future.
As F1 geared up for its summer break, Sebastian Vettel shocked the world by announcing he would be retiring from F1 following the 2021 season. This put the driver market into a bit of a tailspin with Alonso being named as Vettel’s replacement in a move that surprised many in the paddock.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion, however, believes the British team will offer him a chance to race at the front of the grid based on the discussions he has had with the team.
“I think this one was, was the right one,” Alonso said about his move to Aston Martin.
“The project has some ingredients for the future, that in Formula 1 normally are synonymous to have success, you know, when you invest, and you have the best people. So let’s see if we can shortcut that time as much as possible and make Aston Martin very fast.
“I think all the Formula 1 teams and drivers we are here to, to be on top. I felt that within the possibilities that I had on the table for next year. I think this one was the right one.”
Alonso aware of potential risks
Alonso who has developed a reputation for being at the wrong place at the wrong time is aware that his decision to leave a manufacturer team like Alpine might backfire but the Spaniard believes the move is worth the gamble.
“I think for sure there are some risk on every decision you make in Formula 1, no one has the crystal ball to you to guess the future,” Alonso stated.
“At the same time, in Formula 1 or in any sport, you win, or you don’t, doesn’t matter to be fourth on Ninth, or 13th, your first or you’re not winning.”