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Fernando Alonso has signed a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, with the Silverstone team announcing the agreement will be starting from 2023.
This news comes as a great shock to the F1 world, considering the Spanish driver made clear that he intended to continue racing with Alpine moving forward for most of this year.
However, it seems Alpine did not offer Alonso the multi-year extension he wanted, so he instead made the switch to a rival.
Alonso had this to say about the move:
“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.
"I have known Lawrence and Lance for many years, and it is very obvious that they [Aston Martin] have the ambition and passion to succeed in Formula One.”
Lawrence Stroll’s ambition since taking over the team has been clear, as he has invested significantly into F1 and its facilities.
However, AMR22 has failed to reach expectations this season, failing to even compete at the front of the midfield and languishing near the back of the field.
Still, there is undeniably some potential at Aston Martin, and it is this potential that has persuaded Fernando Alonso to take the jump from the team that facilitated his return to F1.
Alonso emphasised his excitement about this new project:
"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
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Topics: Formula 1
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