Was Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin deal actually made after Sebastian Vettel resigned? In line with former Components 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, it solely took just a few hours as he reveals juicy particulars of the deal in an interview for the Spanish version of motorsport.com. Simply 4 days elapsed between Sebastian Vettel’s retirement announcement and Fernando Alonso’s introduced swap from Alpine to Aston Martin.
Did the two-time world champion, who says he solely wants “ten minutes” to barter a contract, actually signal on such brief discover or had one thing been up for some time? In case you consider the statements of Alonso’s compatriot Pedro de la Rosa, who was lately signed on by the crew as an envoy, then it actually did occur that rapidly.
“There was no plan for the signing,” he affirms in an interview with the Spanish version of Motorsport.com throughout a presentation by Movistar +. However Vettel’s departure had left “a spot” that the crew then wished to fill.
The signing of Alonso was then “rushed by means of inside just a few hours” earlier than the Spaniard was offered as the brand new common driver for 2023 on Monday after the Hungarian race.
Alonso can function a motivator for Aston Martin
Alonso has already made his debut for his new employer this yr. The Spaniard might hardly wait to complete the season with Alpine and was already seen in inexperienced in the course of the check drives in Abu Dhabi after the season finale.
Group boss Mike Krack praised Alonso’s debut as “very spectacular” and in addition emphasised the motivation that the 41-year-old brings with him.
This was additionally recognised by de la Rosa: “I noticed Fernando on his debut in numerous groups and I noticed the true Fernando of 20 years, tremendous motivated, very skilled, hardworking, exact, meticulous and a fantastic motivator,” he mentioned.
“It’s not nearly being quick, which Fernando is, however above all it’s about understanding how one can transmit, how one can encourage, how one can work in a crew,” the previous Components One driver mentioned. “And I feel Fernando is a really full driver in all these areas.”
That’s additionally essential for a crew like Aston Martin, he added. They misplaced a four-time world champion with Vettel, however had been in a position to instantly signal a “tremendous champion”, as de la Rosa says, as a alternative.
Can Alonso get together with Stroll at Aston Martin?
One necessary query many are asking is how Alonso will get on along with his new team-mate Lance Stroll, after latest friction with Esteban Ocon at Alpine.
Stroll, too, isn’t essentially thought of the best of characters, having already precipitated an accident with Alonso in Austin and has the bonus of being the son of the crew proprietor.
“In the long run, in terms of a relationship with a teammate, it’s not solely the crew that issues, but additionally the drivers themselves and the respect between them,” says de la Rosa.
He believes, “They’ll get alongside nicely. They’re each very skilled drivers. You shouldn’t underestimate Stroll’s expertise and velocity as a result of it is going to be his seventh season,” says the Spaniard. “I feel it is going to be an excellent pairing.”