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F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 27: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

How Alonso can help Stroll improve at Aston Martin

Lance Stroll will be teaming up with another world champion in Fernando Alonso after fellow world champion Sebastian Vettel retired from Formula 1 last season

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Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll believes Fernando Alonso’s pushy nature will help both himself and the team for the Formula 1 2023 season.

Formula 1 Testing in Abu Dhabi - Day OneABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Alonso has already had some experience in an Aston Martin car during the post-season test in Abu Dhabi (Image Credit: Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso, throughout his Formula 1 career, has been known to be on the edge with his team. The Spaniard is fiercely competitive and ruthless in order to achieve desired performances on track.

However, the fierce ambitions on and off track has some disadvantages. It has been shown that the Spaniard has caused internal issues within teams he has worked under.

Stroll relishes Alonso opportunity

Despite previous issues, Lance Stroll says that he is going to relish the opportunity with Alonso arriving at the team. The Canadian spoke to about why he will relish the opportunity:

“It’s no fun when you’re just kind of driving around with no one pushing you.”

“I think what you want in a teammate is a guy that is at the top of his game. It means that when you get more out of it than him, you’re really at the top of your game, and vice versa.

“When you’re not getting the most out of it, it’s not that you can just sit back and relax. You’ve got to try and work harder.

“I think that’s what you want from the team at the end of the day, and also for them to know if you guys are pushing each other and always getting everything out of the car and the package.”

Stroll admits that he doesn’t know Alonso too well before the Spaniard’s arrival at the Silverstone team. However, the Canadian is excited to work with the two-time world champion.

F1 Grand Prix of SpainBARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes leads Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine F1 A522 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
Aston Martin and Alpine had some battles towards the end of the season, leading to battles between Stroll and Alonso (Image Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Stroll didn’t know Alonso “too well” before Aston Martin move

The Canadian had a lot of praise for the 41-year-old, leading to the 23-year-old looking forward ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season as Aston Martin look for significant improvement from last season.

“We’ve spent some time together, just chatting and stuff on drivers parades and all that,” added Stroll. “He’s a nice guy and he’s a great driver, a big talent.

“It’s always interesting and exciting when someone like him, or like Seb [Vettel], comes to the team and has different ideas, or drives in a different way, and maybe wants different things in the car.

“It’s always interesting to hear what guys with that kind of experience have to say. In that sense, I’m definitely looking forward to having him in the team and working with him.”

F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands - Final PracticeZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes and Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Stroll spent two seasons with Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin (Image Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Learning valuable lessons from Vettel

The Canadian driver spent two season racing alongside Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin. Although the two seasons were not great with the car’s on track performance, the 23-year-old believes that he has massively benefited from the experience with the four-time world champion.

“I think it’s been great,” said Stroll. “He’s extremely experienced, and very talented. A four-time champion, so that says it all.

“It’s really just been a lot of fun. I mean, he’s been a competitor in the car, but I think he’s really pushed me to understand different things, like how to approach the weekend, how to adapt my work ethic, and be a better racing driver.

Stroll also emphasises how Vettel’s experience has helped push the team forward. The German experienced winning success during his time at Red Bull and Ferrari.

“I think that that was huge. Plus, on top of all that stuff, he’s just been just a cool guy outside of the car. And super nice. And that makes the seasons more pleasant.”
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  1. All the psychologists, all the trainers, all the hypnotists and all daddies money couldn’t make Lancie much more than a mediocre, inconsistent driver, and if Alonso can’t do it daddy should sell the team and by junior a polo pony.

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