Mick Schumacher was not an issue at Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso’s move to Aston Martin caught the Formula 1 world cold on Monday. Mick Schumacher, who was previously traded much more hotly, is said not to have been an issue with Sebastian Vettel’s still team.

On Thursday everything looked as if Fernando Alonso’s contract extension at Alpine was just a matter of form.

The Spaniard himself said staying with the French Formula 1 team was his priority. Team boss Otmar Szafnauer also said that there were only minor things to be clarified and that a new deal was “very close”.

Four days later it is clear: at least Alonso fibbed vigorously and fooled the public.

Formula 1: “1+1+1 model” for Fernando Alonso

The Spaniard signed a “multi-year contract” with Aston Martin on Monday, as it was initially said.

The “AS” has learned from unnamed sources that the contract is designed for a total of three years, but can be terminated after each season.

Means: The 1+1+1 model allows both the two-time world champion and Alpine to pull the ripcord after each season if things don’t go as planned.

Sebastian Vettel rejects one-year contract

Until Wednesday evening, Aston Martin was still hoping to keep Sebastian Vettel. According to “AS”, the Heppenheimer was presented with a new one-year contract. When Vettel team owner Lawrence Stroll reported his resignation, the search for a new driver began.

According to “AS”, Aston Martin discussed internally, among other things, Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen. However, since both pilots have been under contract with their current racing teams for a longer period of time, these options were quickly discarded. The names Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg are said to have fallen on the executive floor, but they also fell through the cracks in the end.

Mick Schumacher’s name ‘never on the table’

According to “AS”, Mick Schumacher did not play a topic. Although Vettel did his best for his compatriot, the Haas pilot’s name was “never on the table,” the Spanish newspaper reported. Mercedes replacement driver Nyck de Vries was also allegedly excluded from the outset as a Vettel heir.

There was a simple reason why Alonso was chosen in the end: after Vettel’s exit, Aston Martin needed a new driving force that could continue to push the racing team and the brand.

And although the Spaniard is supposed to collect around 20 million euros per season from the British, they are obviously hoping for a good deal. The attention Alonso’s move attracted was a first step in that direction.

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