Aston Martin concede it’s “not doable” for Fernando Alonso to hitch earlier than Jan 1st : PlanetF1

With Fernando Alonso not free from his Alpine contract till the flip of the yr, Aston Martin might want to play the lengthy recreation.

It was Sebastian Vettel who put ‘foolish season’ into motion when he introduced he would retire from Components 1 on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign, liberating up a spot at Aston Martin.

And with Aston Martin set to lose a four-time former World Champion, they moved to recruit one other multi-time champ, that being Alonso who will make the change from Alpine for 2023.

In fact, Aston Martin will need as a lot time as they’ll get with Alonso earlier than the 2023 season will get beneath method, however it appears solely when the brand new yr begins will they have the ability to begin working with the Spaniard.



In accordance with Aston Martin crew principal Mike Krack, Alonso’s Alpine contract runs till the top of the yr, along with his Aston Martin deal then beginning on January 1st, so there isn’t any alternative to work with him earlier than that time.

“We have to make clear what we will do and what we can’t do,” stated Krack, quoted by GPFans.

“He’s an Alpine driver and we’re Aston Martin and the contract begins at the start of subsequent yr.

“So something between, that’s not doable.”

Aston Martin will likely be high quality, Fernando Alonso has the expertise

As Aston Martin are a crew with grand plans to work their method up the Components 1 pecking order to the very prime, with 2023 a vital yr to get the ball rolling on that plan, it’s comprehensible they’d need as a lot time as doable to combine their new recruit into the crew.

However Alonso isn’t any stranger to Components 1, nor unfamiliar with the problem of fixing groups, so the veteran won’t be out of his consolation zone in terms of making the transfer to Aston Martin and discovering his toes there.

When Alonso returned to Components 1 in 2021 with Alpine, it took the 41-year-old just a few races to get the automobile how he favored it, quickly returning to his greatest kind as soon as these modifications have been made.

So even when it takes him a few rounds once more to correctly gel with the 2023 Aston Martin, the crew can nonetheless be very assured Alonso will rapidly come good, even with simply a few months of preparation earlier than the primary spherical in Bahrain.

Learn extra: The 2023 Components 1 calendar has now been revealed

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