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Fernando Alonso to join Aston Martin F1 in 2023


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#1 Ev0d3vil

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:08

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#2 Marklar

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:09

Honestly had to double check if its fake lol

https://twitter.com/...j3a4hxGJzw&s=19

edit: mods please merge

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#3 Nigol

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:09

The ****

#4 Myrvold

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:09

Piastri probably happy then!

EDIT: And Sargeant

Edited by Myrvold, 01 August 2022 - 08:12.


#5 Marklar

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:10

Considering that Vettel just decided last week this seems like a extremely quick deal

#6 TheAviator

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:10

Whhhhhaaat!?!

#7 KavB

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:11

Very surprising news! I'm guessing he was pushed out of Alpine for Piastri.

 

Hopefully AM are able to show the form they had in their Force India days, it would be a waste to see Alonso struggling to get out of Q1. I'm glad he is staying for a few more years.



#8 SenorSjon

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:11

So... unexpected. I think he was the better driver at Alpine and they make a big mistake here.

I wonder about the colorful team radio next year.

#9 Joseki

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:12

So... unexpected. I think he was the better driver at Alpine and they make a big mistake here

I don't think Aston Martin will race against him next year.



#10 flingsofdeon

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:13

Wow

#11 NickeyF1

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:14

Get rid of Ocon as a teammate, el plan continues  :stoned: 

 

Let's see how this turns out, a bit surprising for me though (especially in this short amount of time after Vettels decision to quit)



#12 K20a

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:14

So I guess this means Alpine will be title contenders next year lol...

#13 macjim

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:14

Just saw the headline on Autosport's main page, actually went WTAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

mmmhhhh, Fernando does have a habit of jumping into poor cars, hopefully not this time.



#14 SwedeForceOne

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:14

Noooooo!

#15 JeePee

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:15

Didn't see this one coming.



#16 SenorSjon

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:15

I don't think Aston Martin will race against him next year.


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I believe Alpine shouldn't have let Alonso walk. He is their better driver, not Ocon.

With Piastri as new kid on the block and Ocons red mist when it comes to teammates, things could get very messy there.

#17 SophieB

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:16

If he eventually has driven for every team on the grid, does he get a free move, loyalty card style?



#18 flingsofdeon

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:16

The rumour was that he was only offered a 1 year f1 deal at Alpine, with a seat in the WEC in 2024. Mega move by Aston.

#19 PayasYouRace

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:16

I guess this is phase 2 of El Plan.

Kinda makes sense from Aston Martin’s perspective. Swapping one multiple champion for another. Plus Alonso has probably been driving as well as he’s ever been. Not sure they’re necessarily a step up from Alonso’s perspective, but then he’s at that phase of his career where he isn’t quite as in demand as he used to be. Let’s see how he goes outside the Enstone comfort zone.

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#20 geralt

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:16

Was Vettel not going to be renewed then?

#21 statman

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:17

"The worst drive I have ever seen, from Lance. Worst ever in my lifetime"



#22 flingsofdeon

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:18

Was Vettel not going to be renewed then?


I think that’s the logical conclusion. He went out ahead before this news broke I presume

#23 Borko

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:18

Why Fernando, why?

#24 Marklar

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:20

Was Vettel not going to be renewed then?

There is no way that you can make a contract this quickly, so yes, I reckon the truth is that AM allowed him to leave gracefully.

Then again its super rare to have deals in F1 that no one saw coming

#25 balage06

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:20

I don't think Aston Martin will race against him next year.

 

And then their next car will coincidentally look exactly like the RB18... :p



#26 TomNokoe

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:20

I feel like Alpine forced his hand. What a surprise.

#27 Jazza

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:20

Really suggests that Vettel got pushed out. He was talking about his future in F1 only a few weeks ago and now this. No way was a modern F1 contract worked out over a weekend. This must have been decided before Hungary.

#28 PitViperRacing

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:21

God damnit. Why didn't Alpine make sure they kept him? His loss is more than just pace and on track smarts, it represents a tonne of experience and skills wrt set up, car development feedback etc.

As an Alpine fan I'm not stoked. That said best of luck Alonso, I hope you do well at AM.

#29 GiorgioF1

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:21

What a signing for Aston :D  Happy for them, now they need to deliver a good car next year.



#30 pRy

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:22

Was Vettel not going to be renewed then?


Or the other way around, perhaps Alonso was the one with a bad offer and approached AM immediately after Thursdays news. When you’re Fernando’s age you probably don’t need much in the way of negotiations.

#31 Pingu Pi

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:23

Exciting movements! Aston are going to have their hands full if they're not competitive next year but it's great to have Alonso on the grid for a couple of more seasons. He is still box office value. 

 

Alpine - I can't help but think they've backed the wrong combo if they have any ambition for fighting for races. Ocon does not have the pedigree to win a championship so reckon they've gambling resources on Piastri coming good straight off the bat and that they can spend the Alonso money elsewhere.



#32 Beri

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:23

Knowing how long contracts need examining and such, this was a deal already in the making long before Hungary. Well played to keep it so silent.

#33 Marklar

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

Or the other way around, perhaps Alonso was the one with a bad offer and approached AM immediately after Thursdays news. When you’re Fernando’s age you probably don’t need much in the way of negotiations.

Alone the lawyer stuff takes weeks regardless how straight forward it is. Either he was always worked out as a option if Vettel retires or Vettel was pushed out

#34 jstrains

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

How come Mercedes did not block the move? :D

#35 PayasYouRace

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

There is no way that you can make a contract this quickly, so yes, I reckon the truth is that AM allowed him to leave gracefully.

Then again its super rare to have deals in F1 that no one saw coming

Could just as easily be that Vettel’s known for a while that this would be his last season and wouldn’t renew, giving the team a chance to work on getting Alonso.

#36 Disgrace

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

Rather surprising. Looks like Alpine really wanted him out, in which case they're idiots.

 

Quite a coup for Aston and Stroll, who values a big name. He's got the biggest available.

 

But it doesn't look like a team on the way up. I have my doubts that this will be a happy marriage.



#37 noikeee

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

I suspected this could happen, but didn't suspect it could happen this quickly.
 
Good news I guess, Piastri finds a seat. Possibly not brilliant news for Mick Schumacher but I guess he keeps hoping for Haas to stay competitive and the Ferrari door to eventually open. Also not great news for Ricciardo who loses a possible path to continue his career if he's pushed out of McLaren.


#38 Anja

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:24

I hope Fernando is happy dealing with the Strolls and their BS. I get that he wasn't happy with the Alpine management but this won't exactly be an improvement  :rolleyes:



#39 anyeis

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:26

Who is better next year? Toss a coin. Distant fourth at best anyway



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#40 engineblock1

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:27

Such a shocker. Did not see this happening so fast. Although discussions of AM and Fernando Alonso arent exactly recent, i recall having heard this suggestion some years ago in a small F1 whatsapp group i was part of.

 

I find it ironic that Fernando was pushed out of Ferrari for Vettel and now it looks like as if Vettel was pushed out for Fernando.

 

For Fernando is a step back - Alpine might not have achieved El Plan's objective but they were anyways in better shape than AM and look to be stronger at least for next 1-2 years. Think Fernando doesnt really care about winning, he just enjoys racing and wants to do it in a calm environment where he also has preference.



#41 Coral

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:27

Wow, that's a surprise! So many surprises in F1 at the moment... :drunk:

 

I'm not sure if this is a good move for Alonso, but time will tell...

 

Piastri to Alpine then I suppose! :)



#42 Disgrace

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:27

Considering that Vettel just decided last week this seems like a extremely quick deal

 

I suppose if Vettel was indecisive and gave hints by delaying a deal, Alonso discussions probably preceded his retirement announcement.



#43 engineblock1

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:28

 

I suspected this could happen, but didn't suspect it could happen this quickly.
 
Good news I guess, Piastri finds a seat. Possibly not brilliant news for Mick Schumacher but I guess he keeps hoping for Haas to stay competitive and the Ferrari door to eventually open. Also not great news for Ricciardo who loses a possible path to continue his career if he's pushed out of McLaren.

 

 

I do think Leclerc is out after 2023 and Mick is in. With Ferrari's attitude, do not think it makes sense for Lec to stay put for very long. Question is where can he go? Maybe Merc if HAM decides to retire.



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:29

Why Fernando, why?

 

I suspect it was forced, IMHO.



#45 JRodrigues

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:30

I hope Fernando is happy dealing with the Strolls and their BS. I get that he wasn't happy with the Alpine management but this won't exactly be an improvement  :rolleyes:

 

On the other hand, I feel sorry for the Strolls for having to deal with Alonso  :lol:



#46 absinthedude

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:30

Well this gives something to think about to those who felt that Aston would hire a patsy to make Lance look good. Aston continue at least trying to be a serious team with serious ambitions. Alonso may be the oldest driver on the grid but he's still delivering the goods. What Aston need is a better car, and to develop it through the season...which Fred may be able to help with. 

 

As for Seb, he's been on the fence about his future in interviews for a few months. Not the biggest surprise. It's a shame Aston didn't really work out for him, though he's had a few good drives.



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:31

Crazy news. What's next, Hamilton to McLaren?  :drunk:



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:33

Great signing for Aston Martin, although feels a bit of a gamble (another one!) for Alonso.  I suspect a little bit more money involved, possibly a bit miffed at the continuous issues at Alpine, and perhaps them not offering him an F1 deal as long as he wanted pushed him that way.  He finally gets his Merc engine, but when it's maybe 3rd best on the grid. :D



#49 Disgrace

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:33

Really suggests that Vettel got pushed out. He was talking about his future in F1 only a few weeks ago and now this. No way was a modern F1 contract worked out over a weekend. This must have been decided before Hungary.

 

It's possible. It feels a bit like when Schumacher was replaced by Hamilton at Mercedes. He could have continued if he really wanted, but his indecision opened the door for his team to look elsewhere.



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:33

Can’t see Lance and Alonso work in one team at all. Good news that this will mean we get Piastri in Alpine. Will be interesting to see how he stacks up vs Ocon.