Alonso linked again with Vettel’s Aston Martin seat

Jamie Woodhouse
Fernando Alonso stands arms folded at Imola. Italy, April 2022.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, standing on the grid at Imola with his arms folded. Italy, April 2022.

According to a report, Fernando Alonso is on Aston Martin’s radar again to potentially replace Sebastian Vettel for 2023.

Alonso is into his second season since returning to Formula 1 with Alpine, enjoying a strong start to the 2022 campaign, even if the points tally does not reflect that.

While the Spaniard has only two points to show for the opening four rounds, bad luck has undoubtedly played its part, such as retiring in Saudi Arabia, while a hit from Mick Schumacher at Imola later forced Alonso to retire when a large chunk of his sidepod made a break for freedom.

At the Australian Grand Prix meanwhile, Alonso was looking like a possible pole contender before a hydraulic problem caused him to crash in Q3.

Over at Aston Martin, while Vettel has double the points of Alonso so far, Alpine has been clearly the stronger team in terms of pace.

Aston Martin have ambitions to become title contenders within the next five years, but early in 2022, they find themselves as one of the slowest outfits on the grid, Vettel and team-mate Lance Stroll opening theirs and Aston Martin’s accounts at Imola with a P8 and P10 finish respectfully.

But, with Aston Martin looking far from a contender to challenge the top teams right now, it has led to renewed speculation that Vettel could leave the team.

Sebastian Vettel after the Emilia Romagna GP. Imola April 2022.
Sebastian Vettel walking back in after finishing eighth in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Imola April 2022.

And in such a situation, report that Alonso is on Aston Martin’s radar, having first been linked with a move to the team ahead of the 2022 campaign when Vettel’s future also was not clear.

The report adds that Alonso, who is yet to extend his Alpine contract beyond 2022, is team owner Lawrence’s Stroll ‘desired driver’ should the need arise to find a Vettel replacement.


In addition, the report states that CEO of the luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda, Tobias Moers, has left following disagreements with the board and Stroll, with former Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa coming in as his replacement.

Vettel has stated that he is yet to decide his future at Aston Martin and in Formula 1 in general beyond 2022, though physically feels like he has many more years to give to racing.


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