Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso is replacing four-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin.

The team announced on Monday that Alonso will take over from the retiring Vettel in 2023. Vettel said last week that he was stepping aside from Formula 1 after spending the last two seasons at Aston Martin.

Alonso, 41, is set to become the driver with the most starts in F1 history later this season when he appears in his 350th race and overtakes Kimi Raikkonen. He currently races for Alpine and is 10th in the standings with 37 points.

“I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the top, and I want to be part of an organization dedicated to learning, growing and succeeding,” Alonso said in a team statement.

“We all appreciate that there is much to be done to get to the front, and we must apply all our energies to working together to find performance.

“The passion and desire to perform that I witnessed convinced me to maintain my enjoyment and commitment to the sport. I intend to win again in this sport and therefore I have to take the opportunities that are right for me.”

Alonso raced in F1 for 19 seasons and won 32 races. He took the championships in 2005 and 2006 by winning seven races each season and also finished third in the standings three different times.

He was off the grid in 2019 and 2020 as he raced in different series. Those efforts include the 2017 and 2020 Indianapolis 500s. Alonso led 27 laps in 2017 and had a car capable of winning before an engine problem with more than 20 laps to go ruined his career.

Alonso returned to F1 in 2021 with Alpine and finished on the podium in Hungary as teammate Esteban Ocon won the race.

His move to Aston Martin to replace Vettel means the team will enter the 2023 season with Alonso and Lance Stroll as its drivers. Ocon is set to stay at Alpine and Alonso’s departure opens up a seat for rumored young driver Oscar Piastri. The 2021 Formula 2 champion has six wins in 23 F2 starts and currently serves as Alpine’s reserve driver.

Sebastian Vettel (L) will retire at the end of 2022 and be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

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