Fernando Alonso hypes up Lance Stroll with bold Aston Martin prediction

Henry Valantine
Aston Martin drivers Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sakhir, March 2023.

Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sakhir, March 2023.

Fernando Alonso believes Lance Stroll can step up and lead Aston Martin for the next “10 or 15 years”, when he chooses to retire from Formula 1.

Alonso and Stroll played a key team game for Aston Martin over the weekend in Azerbaijan, with the Canadian saying on the radio early in the race that he would not attack his team-mate and cost them time in the early laps.

Alonso would eventually ease clear of his Aston Martin colleague, the two-time World Champion finishing three places and 30 seconds ahead of Stroll come the chequered flag on Sunday.

But during the race, the Spaniard raised eyebrows when his team radio messages were transmitted in public, offering parts of his car setup to his team-mate to try and help him on his way through the field.

The 41-year-old was surprised by the reaction to the message, with him being so seemingly open in his offer to help out his younger colleague.

But given Stroll’s age and time left in the sport, he explained that he wants to do his level best to give Stroll the tools to lead Aston Martin for the years to come.

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“I mean, we talk a lot during the weekend over what we will do and what will be the plan for each of the cars and things like that,” Alonso said of his team-mate, as per Give Me Sport.

“So if we feel something in the car during the race that we spoke about, and there is something new that can help the other car normally we communicate with the team.

“I know that I will be in the sport for a few more years but not many, and he will lead the team for the next 10 or 15 years. So I hope I can help Lance as much as I can in the next few years.”

Alonso finished in fourth position in Azerbaijan on Sunday, his first non-podium of the year, with Stroll down in seventh having held off the Mercedes of George Russell behind.

Aston Martin remain second in the Constructors’ Championship however, their 87 points at this stage having already eclipsed the team’s total for the whole of the 2022 season.