Alonso: No F1 team has Aston Martin’s ‘ambitions’ as Newey intrigue fizzles

Alonso: No F1 team has Aston Martin’s ‘ambitions’ as Newey intrigue fizzles

The Silverstone-based team has undergone a huge transformation since Stroll took over the assets of the former Force India team, renaming it Racing Point before becoming Aston Martin in 2021.

Thanks to huge investment, including in a new factory, the team has become a podium contender – but they want even more as they set their sights on the fight for championship glory.

And, as Autosport revealed recently, Stroll is personally trying to convince Newey to leave Red Bull and help further strengthen Aston Martin’s technical capabilities in the future.

Alonso recently committed to a new multi-year deal with Aston Martin which will extend into the Honda era from 2026.

Although Alonso, who joined the team last year, was not specifically referring to the Newey rumors, he made it clear that Aston Martin is a team that is evolving – with a desire that no rival can match.

“There is no other team in the paddock with the ambition and plans for the future that Aston has,” he said.

“But at the same time, you have to achieve those goals and produce those results.

“This team was very new two years ago. This more or less doubled the number of people working in the factory. They were in an old Jordan building, now they are in a state-of-the-art factory.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 team

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“Last year we had a very fast car and we have to learn a lot of lessons off track on how to develop the car to be up to par with the top teams. This year we are following this type of development. So, I think those are all really good signs.

“But at the end of the day, you have to win races and win championships, and that’s the hardest part.”

Even though early season results aren’t as good as last year, as rivals like Ferrari and McLaren haven’t dropped the ball like they did 12 months ago, Alonso feels in good place in the team.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “I think I was happy last year, and I still am now. And I feel good with the team. I would like to be in a stronger position.

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“Last year we were fighting for bigger things at the start of the year, and we were more or less in that position at the end of last year; fifth fastest team.

“This year it looks like we have a roadmap to develop the car that is a little more aggressive and more in line with a top team that wants to fight for big things. And I’m happy to see that.

Despite Aston Martin’s interest in Newey and moves by Ferrari, the famed designer appears almost certain to end his current long-term contract at Red Bull.

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