Fernando Alonso quizzed about chaos at former team after Aston Martin success

Jamie Woodhouse
Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin garage.

Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso looks pensive in the garage.

Fernando Alonso suggested he it turning a blind eye to the chaos unfolding at his former team Alpine.

The French manufacturer caused quite a stir at the Belgian Grand Prix, when on the opening day of track action, it was announced that Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer had been given the boot come the end of the race weekend, with team veteran Alan Permane axed as sporting director.

Additional reporting by Sam Cooper and Thomas Maher

Pat Fry also announced his exit from the chief technical officer role to take up the same position with Williams.

Fernando Alonso brushes away Alpine talk

Alonso made his exit from the Alpine team at the end of the last season, having struck a deal with Aston Martin to replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel.

And asked by media, including PlanetF1.com, whether he is surprised by the developments at Alpine, he responded: “I don’t look too much!”

The Spaniard was also keen to avoid saying that the Alpine turmoil made him happy with the decision to leave for Aston Martin, with F1 2023 also proving to be a challenging season on-track for Alpine.

That is because when he made the move to Aston Martin, he did not have a “crystal ball” to see what the upcoming fates of Aston Martin and Alpine were, though he is “very proud” to be part of the Aston Martin project.

Put to him that he made the right choice to swap Alpine for Aston Martin, Alonso replied: “Obviously you never know that, it would be nice to have a crystal ball and before you make a decision in switching teams, you know the future.

“But at the end, I’m happy where I am and there is a project here into the future and I’m very proud.”

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The results though certainly support the idea that Alonso’s team swap has been a very wise choice, Aston Martin having gone from P7 finishers in the Constructors’ standings last season to battling Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari in F1 2023 for the ‘best of the rest’ P2 spot behind the dominant Red Bull team.

Alonso has been on the podium six times in part one of the F1 2023 campaign and sits P3 in the Drivers’ Championship, a point against Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

And Alonso describes it as a “dream” first-half of F1 2023 for he and Aston Martin.

“Incredible. Dream first-half of the season,” he said.

“We are P3 in the Constructors’ Championship in front of Ferrari, we are P3 in the Drivers’ Championship together with Lewis, it was impossible to think this way in Bahrain.”

With 10 rounds of the season remaining after the summer break, Aston Martin will have their eyes set on denying Mercedes that P2 finish in the Constructors’ standings who are 51 points up the road.

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