Alonso already targets F1 title in 2023 with Aston Martin
Nov.11 - Fernando Alonso says he will be charging for his third Formula 1 drivers' world championship next year - in an Aston Martin.
Having bemoaned his poor car reliability record with Renault-owned Alpine this year, the 41-year-old Spaniard is switching to Aston Martin for 2023 to replace fellow former world champion Sebastian Vettel.
"I think, after 2022, I will be extremely lucky next year," Alonso smiled to El Mundo Deportivo newspaper at Interlagos.
He thinks the Lawrence Stroll-owned project is "more ambitious" than Alpine's, and insists that even the early goal is to "try to fight for the world championship in 2023 and 2024".
"100 percent," Alonso added when asked if the Silverstone based team really can leap from seventh overall this year to be next year's champions.
"Aston Martin is not here to finish fifth, sixth or fourth in the constructors' championship," he added.
"They are here to win the world championship and that is what we will try to do in 2023 and 2024."
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Good luck with this overambitious & ultimately unrealistic target.
If I'm wrong, say so; but hasn't he said the same thing with each new team he joins? I realize you certainly wouldn't come in and say the opposite, but why say anything other than just letting your results do the talking?
Because he is still a big kid at heart, he sill believes, the excitement of driving for a new team, and the belief that he can do it, he's a dreamer and I hope he keeps on dreaming.
Fernando is one of my favourite drivers and has been since his entry into F1 but unfortunately his hopes and ambitions far outweigh reality. Good luck! Maybe 5 more years away but that’s if Lawrence let’s his capable people build a proper car.
Bring it on Alonso! Without ambition there's no fire!
I'm very curious if he also can blow-up that Mercedes engine in the back of that AM23 next season.
It would be fun to see his face, when Alpine shows it can join the top teams pace next season.
That is mischievous, but very funny lol
ALO is an excellent racing driver, but his chance of winning another WDC are less than BoJo and Trump again being top of the pile. Oh wait, that's a bit generous.
Alonso has a very unique talent for choosing the wrong team at the wrong time. Among other things. I don't like him, but he can take anything given to him and get everything it has, out of it.
Clearly I misheard what the SkyF1 team said during the last race I watched because I thought he was retiring at the end of this season! I'm glad he's not.
Fernando is a shining star amongst a bunch of boring bumholes and also-rans
Quite the character with ambition focused forward thinking