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Formula 1 | Brundle: That’s why Fernando Alonso prefers to switch to Aston Martin

Former Formula 1 driver and motorsports expert Martin Brundle takes a closer look at Fernando Alonso’s move to Aston Martin. According to the 63-year-old, Alonso is not just about the new opportunities he has with Sebastian Vettel, who is still racing, but also about leaving a (partly) unsatisfactory chapter at Alpine behind him.

“I want to be part of a team that is dedicated to learning, developing and succeeding,” said Fernando Alonso at the beginning of the week around his presentation at Aston Martin. According to ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle, the prospect of an improved car is not the only reason for the Spaniard’s upcoming team change next year.

“It appears that Alpine could not or would not offer Alonso a two-year contract and his contract with Aston Martin is officially described as multi-year,” Brundle explained in his Sky Sports column. But that’s not all. Apparently, the veteran had imagined his duel with the young Frenchman Esteban Ocon, with whom he has been driving since 2021, a little differently.

“He was also quite overwhelmed by how powerful his teammate Esteban Ocon was against him in the fight in the Alpine,” Brundle analyzed, “rather than turning all guns on their rivals.”

Brundle: Alonso could set off fireworks at Aston Martin

In any case, Aston Martin boss Lawrence Stroll is certain that “a determined winner” was brought in with Alonso. Brundle agrees. “Fernando is a force of nature on and off the track and he will drive the team a lot,” the 63-year-old looked ahead.

“He’s calmed down a bit these days, but there could easily be fireworks when he joins the Stroll family ‘company,'” Brundle surmised.



Alonso’s change is “extraordinary,” Brundle continued. In 2018 he interviewed the Spaniard at the end of the season shortly before his F1 farewell and he left no doubt that this was the end of his career.

“But now he will be on the grid until at least the end of 2024 and then at the age of 43 and with 400 races driven,” Brundle took off his hat.

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