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Alonso’s Aston Martin journey: triumphs, challenges, and ageless excellence

Fernando Alonso excels with Aston Martin, securing podiums and defying age-related stereotypes in a thrilling 2023 Formula 1 season

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In the exhilarating world of Formula 1, the 2023 season has been nothing short of captivating. Aston Martin, the surprise contender, surged into the limelight as Red Bull’s closest rival. Fernando Alonso, a seasoned driver, took the racing world by storm with his exceptional performances.

Alonso in his Aston Martin
SPA FRANCORCHAMPS, STAVELOT, BELGIUM – 2023/07/30: Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium. (Image Credit: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As the season unfolded, ups and downs kept fans on the edge of their seats. Amidst the twists and turns, Alonso provides a glimpse into his mindset and the dynamics at play.

The season kicked off with Aston Martin emerging as the unexpected second-best team trailing closely behind Red Bull. Alonso’s prowess was evident as he clinched six podium finishes in the opening eight races, showcasing his skill on the tracks.

Second-place victories in Monaco and Canada highlighted his tenacity and Aston Martin’s competitive edge.

Aston Martin and a “dream first half of the season”

However, the drama of Formula 1 unfolded as rival teams unveiled upgrades in subsequent Grands Prix. Aston Martin found itself sliding down the pecking order, with Mercedes seizing the opportunity to surpass the Silverstone-based squad.

Alonso’s perspective on the season remains positive and uplifting despite the challenges. According to, he describes it as “incredible,” a testament to the remarkable journey he’s embarked on.

“[It has been] a dream first half of the season. 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,” Alonso said, reflecting on the team’s achievements.

Behind the scenes, the relationship between Alonso and the Aston Martin team has been described as “open and transparent” by team principal Mike Krack. This partnership has proven crucial in navigating the challenges and maintaining a competitive edge.

Alonso’s transition from Alpine to Aston Martin raised eyebrows initially due to the teams’ stark difference in on-track performance.

Reflecting on this switch against the backdrop of current turmoil at Alpine, Alonso muses, “You know, it would be nice to have a crystal ball, and before you make a decision in switching teams, you know the future. But yeah, you know, in the end, I’m happy where I am, and there is a project here into the future and I’m very proud.”

Alonso on his age and future

In a sport where youth is often considered a pivotal factor, Alonso’s age, 42, has not hindered his performance. He defies the notion that age diminishes a driver’s abilities, asserting that it’s more about mindset and motivation. Drawing parallels with other drivers, Alonso highlights the success of Daniel Ricciardo’s return at AlphaTauri, emphasising that experience can be just as crucial as youthful vigour.

“It [my age] was the theme all through the year,” Alonso humorously remarks. “But no, I think people already saw that you know, it’s not a big change when you’re 41 or when you’re 25.

“It’s more in your head, in the motivation, how you approach the weekend. And yeah, races like today or the stars of today, or even a few examples, you know, in other teams – they bet more on experience. Like Daniel now in AlphaTauri and things like that. So it’s not about youth, it’s just about going fast.”

As the 2023 Formula 1 season unfolds, Alonso’s remarkable journey with Aston Martin and his insights shed light on the complexities of the sport. His resilience, determination, and wisdom remind us that the track is a realm where experience and passion merge to create racing legends.

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