Fernando Alonso continues to defy expectations. At 42, the Spanish racing icon is set to become another year older when his current contract with Aston Martin concludes at the end of the next season. However, the team is eager to secure his talents for the long term.
Despite his age, Alonso remains in peak physical condition and possesses an unyielding desire to compete at the highest level of the sport. Aston Martin, while experiencing a decline in performance as the season progressed, has witnessed Alonso’s stellar campaign in 2023. With an impressive eight podium finishes, he has secured a position ahead of George Russell in the championship standings, and a fourth-place overall finish remains within reach.
Mike Krack, the team principal of Aston Martin, expressed enthusiasm about extending their partnership with Alonso. During the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when asked about the team’s hopes to secure Alonso’s longer-term future, Krack responded with a resounding “Yes.”
Alonso, who had anticipated improved fortunes with Aston Martin after switching from Alpine for the current season, admitted that the team’s competitiveness exceeded his expectations. Early in the season, they emerged as the closest competitors to the dominant Red Bull team.
While podium finishes and significant points became scarcer as the season unfolded, Alonso remains pleased with his decision to join Aston Martin. Reflecting on the year, he stated, “I’m happy with the personal performance,” highlighting the 2023 season as one of his best, alongside 2012.
In a detailed assessment of his performance, Alonso identified specific races, including Bahrain, Monaco, Canada, Monza, and Brazil, as the standout moments of the season. Notably, he emphasized the significance of his ninth-place finish at Monza, acknowledging the challenges faced with what was considered one of the slower cars on the grid.
Addressing the team’s overall performance, Alonso acknowledged the struggles but viewed them as integral to the journey of the team. He recognized that Aston Martin, despite starting strongly, faced challenges in maintaining competitiveness against established powerhouses like Mercedes and Ferrari.
Alonso concluded with a positive outlook, emphasizing the remarkable progress made by the team within the past 12 months. Reflecting on the unexpected competitiveness of the car and the team’s position in the championship, he remarked, “It was unthinkable 12 months ago at this stage to think about the campaign we did.”