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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 24: Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 AMR23 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 24, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Potts/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Alonso: Discussing terms with Aston Martin is first ‘priority’ for 2025

The Spaniard enjoyed a successful first season with the team, finishing fourth in the drivers championship

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Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso has admitted that his first priority for 2025 will be discussing a new deal to stay with his current team.

The two-time world champion is entering the last year of his deal and isn’t ready to call an end to a career that has spanned 24 seasons.

Aston Martin had a much improved third season in F1, finishing fifth in the constructors championship with 225 more points than they achieved in 2022.

The Spaniard is one of many drivers whose name has come up in discussions around the soon to be vacant Mercedes seat, but Alonso looks to be favouring a stay with the Silverstone based team.

“My first priority will be always to sit down and discuss with Aston,” said Alonso, speaking to Speedcafe.

“They gave me the opportunity last year to join this organisation, which I’m very proud to be part of.

“With the new factory, with everything that’s going on, there is a great future in this team, and I want to explore every possibility to race for many years here.”

Alonso stepped onto the podium six times in 2023, the most he had achieved in a single season since the 2013 season with Ferrari.

Not ready to retire yet

Now 42, Alonso has already retired once from F1, but doesn’t seem ready to call it quits just yet.

Most drivers will retire before hitting the age of 40, but with a lot of his life dedicated to the sport, the Spaniard is determined to keep going for a few more years.

Although, Alonso is some way off breaking the record of the oldest F1 driver in history, with Louis Chiron holding that record at 55 years and 292 days old.

“A few years ago, I would say that maybe 40 to 41 was the limit,” he began when asked how long he could carry on for,” continued Alonso.

“Now, after I saw myself last year, motivated and performing well, I was thinking maybe that I can keep racing [for a] few more years.

“This winter, I’ve been exceeding it with the expectations in terms of all the physical tests and everything that I did.

“So I will say that if you are motivated and if you want to commit, you can drive maybe until 48 or 49 or whatever – or even 50!

“But at the same time, you have to give up everything in life. Formula 1 needs total dedication.

“This is my 24th season or whatever in F1. I gave my life for 24 years to this sport, which I’m happy and I’m okay with that.

“I can keep doing [that] for a few more years but I don’t know if I will be racing until 50 with such a demanding calendar and things like that – not for the abilities but because there are other things in life that I’m curious [about].”

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