The F1 foolish season has properly and really begun, with Fernando Alonso being introduced as Lance Stroll’s new Aston Martin team-mate.
The 41-year-old Spaniard will take over from Sebastian Vettel in the beginning of subsequent season, following Vettel’s current announcement that he’ll be retiring after fifteen years on the grid.
Regardless of a difficult 2022 marketing campaign in a sub-par automobile, Vettel leaves the championship with a wholesome fame, each on the monitor and off it. A quartet of title victories with Pink Bull Racing sealed his place within the F1 historical past books a few years in the past, however since becoming a member of Aston Martin in 2021, Vettel’s presence has arguably been higher felt away from the driving force’s seat.
A passionate advocate for environmental and social issues, Vettel has develop into one of the likeable figures within the paddock; a feat which is made all of the extra welcome given his turbulent relationship with followers in the course of the peak of his Pink Bull days.
For that motive, few might query the timing of his retirement. Confronted with dwindling prospects of victory, conflicting ethical pressures, and a need to spend extra time with household, the 2022 season all the time felt like a pure swansong.
On the different finish of this story, nonetheless, Fernando Alonso’s subsequent determination to fill Seb’s seat was something however predictable.
At present contracted to Alpine, Alonso will seemingly be swapping common high tens for grueling battles within the decrease midfield subsequent yr. Except, in fact, Aston has an ace up its sleeve. With out eager to be too cynical, that appears reasonably unlikely, so why on earth would he make the transfer? Properly, it’s all in regards to the timing.
Over at Alpine, the clock was ticking for Alonso. Australian prodigy Oscar Piastri is at the moment ready within the wings because the French marque’s take a look at driver, and the crew’s key determination makers appear eager to keep away from delaying the teen’s profession any additional.
As such, Alpine had been reluctant to increase Alonso’s contract past 2023. Actually, they’d already ready an alternate race seat for him inside their upcoming 2024 LMDh Hypercar venture.
Evidently although, Fernando Alonso feels that there’s loads of life left in his F1 profession, so when Aston Martin got here calling with a “multi-year deal”, the provide maybe felt too good to refuse.
That mentioned, what would you reasonably: another yr in a very good automobile, or a handful in a nasty one?