Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso is replacing four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin.
The team announced on Monday that Alonso will replace Vettel, who retires in 2023. Vettel announced his retirement from Formula 1 last week after spending the past two seasons with Aston Martin.
Alonso, 41, is set to become the driver with the most starts in F1 history this season, competing in his 350th race, overtaking Kimi Raikkonen. He currently runs for Alpine and is in 10th place with 37 points.
“I still have the hunger and desire to fight at the front, and I want to be part of an organization that is committed to learning, developing and succeeding,” Alonso said in a team statement.
“We all appreciate that there is a lot to be done to get to the front and we need to put all our energy into working together to achieve performance.
“The passion and desire to do what I have seen convinces me to maintain my joy and commitment to the sport. I intend to win again in this sport and I have to take the opportunities that seem right to me.”
Alonso competed in F1 for 19 seasons and won 32 races. He won seven races in each season, taking the 2005 and 2006 championships and finishing third on three different occasions.
In the year In 2019 and 2020, he was off the grid while competing in various series. Those efforts include the 2017 and 2020 Indianapolis 500s. Alonso He led 27 laps in 2017 and had the potential to win before engine trouble derailed his run with over 20 laps to go.
His move to Aston Martin to replace Vettel means the team will be driven by Alonso and Lance Stroll in the 2023 season. Ocon is set to stay at Alpine and Alonso’s departure opens up a seat for young driver Oscar Piastri. The 2021 Formula 2 champion has six wins in 23 F2 starts and currently serves as Alpine’s reserve driver.