F1: Fernando Alonso will challenge Aston Martin–team boss | Inquirer Sports

F1: Fernando Alonso will challenge Aston Martin–team boss

/ 08:50 PM September 20, 2022
Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy - September 8, 2022 Alpine's Fernando Alonso during the press conference ahead of the Grand Prix

FILE–Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference ahead of the Grand Prix. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/Files

Fernando Alonso has the “speed, hunger, motivation and experience” to help Aston Martin take the next step but things could get difficult if they do not deliver a fast enough car for the former world champion, team boss Mike Krack said.

Alonso is set to make the move from Renault-owned Alpine to Aston Martin in 2023 as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who is retiring at the end of the current season.


“It will be challenging for us. Normally, drivers with this experience, they do not have this desire to win … especially if they have won already,” Krack told the BBC in an interview published on Tuesday.

“Fernando has this unique combination of speed, hunger, motivation and experience. For us, it makes the perfect candidate. The downside could be that if the car we deliver is just not good enough, then we know it gets difficult.


“We think having someone like Fernando is really, really important to make the next step as a team,” Krack added.

Aston Martin have had 11 top 10 finishes this season, with Vettel’s sixth place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix their best result. They are ninth of 10 teams in the constructors’ standings with six races left on the calendar.

“You need to learn to manage champions, which we already did with Sebastian,” Krack added. “Because these drivers are very demanding, they are quite difficult to manage.

“I would not even say Sebastian is that difficult to manage if you are transparent, honest and straight. And I think the same goes for Fernando.

“He knows very well when he comes here that we will probably not win the first race together. But he can be assured we give it everything and we will listen to what he has to say…”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso, Formula One
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.