Final week, Fernando Alonso offered a shock twist to the motive force switch mill, as he introduced that he would depart Alpine and be a part of Aston Martin in 2023.
Alonso returned to Formulation 1 final season, linking up with Alpine for what was his third stint on the Enstone-based squad.
Nonetheless, his swift departure got here as a shock to many, because the two-time F1 champion takes the seat left vacant by Sebastian Vettel, who will retire on the finish of the 2022 marketing campaign.
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Alonso has been eying up a 3rd F1 championship for a while now – and Aston Martin is probably not the workforce that the Spaniard sees potential success at.
Aston Martin runs the Mercedes F1 Energy Unit, whereas the 2 corporations have shut ties within the automotive business.
Sky F1 pundit Ted Kravitz has recommended that Alonso could also be a swap to the Mercedes workforce in case Lewis Hamilton retires.
Hamilton has a contract in place that expires on the finish of the 2023 marketing campaign.
“What it additionally does do is reunite Fernando with the Mercedes engine household, which I believe is an attention-grabbing angle,” Kravitz mentioned.
“Fernando hasn’t been powered by Mercedes since he left McLaren the primary time spherical underneath a little bit of a cloud 15 years in the past. So this may have wanted a sign-off from Toto Wolff, which it clearly bought.
“Is it ridiculous to assume that Mercedes wished Fernando again of their household simply to see what he was like?
“Ought to Lewis resolve he was to depart for no matter purpose, and so they want a World Champion to place alongside George, would it not not be the tip of the world if Mercedes had a little bit of visibility in what Fernando was like, at the same time as a 41-year-old?
“You might need thought that was unlikely, however as this announcement proves – something is feasible in F1!”
Aston Martin at present sits ninth within the Constructors’ Championship, however is investing closely in its F1 future, with a model new manufacturing facility underneath building at Silverstone.