Fernando Alonso hopes to leave the ‘El Plan’ phase of his career behind him at Alpine, but hopes his move to Aston Martin can bring another perk alongside his work on track – by appearing in a James Bond film.
Aston Martin as a brand is synonymous with the Bond series as the main character’s car of choice – and the two-time former World Champion hopes to get involved in the action in a future film if given the chance.
Alonso has tried out multiple forms of motorsport through his career, including IndyCar, endurance racing and the Dakar Rally in his time away from Formula 1, but stunt driving could add another string to his bow if the company allowed it.
On track, fans on social media have adopted the phrase ‘El Plan’ in Alonso’s quest to return to the front in Formula 1, and he hopes to see that change when he moves team from next year, as well as hoping to get the opportunity to make it onto the big screen.
“Let’s not start again – last year with ‘El Plan’, there was enough of a mess,” he joked on an Instagram live stream with sponsor Finetwork, quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“It’s always something that is created on social media and I always try to follow what you guys say. If it has to be ‘La Misión’ (The Mission), then ‘La Misión’.
“What would be nice is to be in a James Bond film now I’m with Aston Martin. I would love to shoot some street scenes in an Aston Martin.
“We have to talk it over with the team. Hopefully it will work out.”
Fernando Alonso is still a Formula 1 driver first and foremost, however
Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack said recently he hopes to see Alonso ask the “uncomfortable” questions in the team’s bid to move forward, with their lowly P9 placing in the Constructors’ Championship marking a significant drop-off in fortunes compared to recent seasons.
With at least two more years to come of Alonso on track, he hopes to make use of his experience and quality for the team to move up another level.
Krack told Sky Sports F1: “Well, he’s a champion. There is a reason why they are [champions] and it is because they are very competitive.
“They are asking the right questions, they are pushing the teams to the limit, and we feel, for us, it’s important to have someone like that to ask some also uncomfortable questions.
“And it pushes us one step further. So I think for the team, it is the right thing to have people like that.”