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    Fernando Alonso plays down talk of F1 win for Aston Martin in 2023

    The Aston Martin driver is third in the drivers' standings but doesn't see how a win is possible on pure speed

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    Fernando Alonso is convinced that he won’t win any races in Formula 1 this season without a big chunk of luck falling his way.

    The 41-year-old is the ‘best of the rest’ so far in 2023 with three podiums and a fourth at the 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, putting him third in the standings behind Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

    With the RB19 so much faster than the rest, especially in race trim, Alonso knows he will have to wait for luck to fall on his side before getting a chance to win.

    When asked if he can claim win number 33 this season by Spanish outlet MARCA, Alonso said: “I hope so, but there are no guarantees.

    “If you look at the last few years, Gasly won at Monza and Ocon in Hungary, so there can always be a chance, but the closer you are to the front the better to have it.

    “At the moment we have not had it and we need help from others, it would be a coincidence, we cannot win because we are the best.”

    Eyes on 2026

    Alonso is showing no signs of slowing down despite being the oldest driver on the grid and he has not ruled out racing until he’s at least 45 to see in the new regulations in 2026.

    “I don’t know at this time. I haven’t thought about that possibility yet (racing in F1 until he’s 45 years of age),” Alonso added.

    “At the moment I have these two years in which I have to see things, develop things with the team, but it is true that we are in a better position than we thought.

    “We believed that we would be fighting for podiums in 2024 and we have done it three times this year.

    “Things seem to be going better than we expected and maybe that means being tempted to extend the contract in the future, but there is also the temptation to finish and do it with a smile on your face.

    “I do not know, that’s the truth. It is true that in 2026 there is another regulation change with the new engines.”

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