Fernando Alonso BREAKS silence on why he left Alpine for Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso reveals ‘lack of professionalism’ is what drove him away from Alpine 


Fernando Alonso BREAKS silence on why he left Alpine for Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso (via Imago)

The two time World Champion Fernando Alonso made the move from Alpine to Aston Martin at the end of last season. This move came merely 4 days after Sebastian Vettel’s (who was at Aston Martin at the time) announced retirement. At that time, Fernando Alonso‘s AMR appointment came as a surprise for many as fans could not help wondering why the veteran wanted to shift teams at 40. Now, the Spaniard finally reveals what led him to move away from the French team at the first available chance.

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Speaking to Spanish radio programme El Larguero, Alonso said (as reported by MotorsportWeek),“The first [act] was that Vettel retired. The second was that Alpine had been negotiating for several months and nothing was ever finalised. We agreed on everything, but the paper didn’t arrive, and I noticed a lack of professionalism.”  Some reports even suggested that Alpine’s concern over Alonso’s age was the reason behind a delay in the contract. Alpine seemed eager to promote Oscar Piastri to a regular driver seat at their F1 team – a plan that fell apart in the worst way possible.

Fernando’s move seems to have paid off as the Aston Martin driver is seen regularly challenging the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari. The Spanish driver has amassed 7 podiums in 14 races this season as he’s rolling back the golden years. Whereas the Alpine’s have been the most inconsistent team in the Paddock despite both their drivers, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, winning a podium each.

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Fernando Alonso alleges Lewis Hamilton ‘created nothing’ at Mercedes other than reap benefits of the rule changes

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Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton (via Twitter)

Alonso thinks ‘rule changes’ are the biggest reason behind Hamilton’s dominant streak with Mercedes. When the current Aston Martin driver was interviewed by De telegraaf, he said, “It is often said that some drivers build winning teams, But when Lewis switched to Mercedes in 2013, he created nothing.” 

The duo of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, famous for their fabled rivalry as teammates back in 2007, are currently locked in battle for P3 in the Driver Standings. Hamilton is just 6 points shy of Alonso’s 170 points. It’s interesting to see the two World Champions still battling it out on and off the track for the rest of the 2023 season.

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