RACE DEBRIEF

    Aston Martin will replace one world champion with another in 2023, when Fernando Alonso steps into the seat set to be vacated by Sebastian Vettel – with Team Principal Mike Krack calling the signing a “statement of our intent”.

    Following the news of four-time champion Vettel’s retirement from the sport at the end of the season, Alonso made the shock announcement that he would be switching tribes from Alpine to Aston Martin in 2023 on a multi-year deal – leaving the team who are currently P4 in the constructors’ standings for the ones in P9..

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    And Krack was clear about what a valuable asset Aston Martin had signed up for next season.

    “He just has that killer instinct,” said Krack of Alonso, speaking in an interview on Aston Martin’s own website.

    “No matter what, you know that Fernando will always give you everything: always push 100 per cent, always extract the maximum from the car and the team. His racecraft is exceptional – a formidable combination of confidence, instinct and intelligence.

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    Krack has swapped one champ for another for 2023

    “Signing Fernando is a clear statement of our intent at Aston Martin F1. We are not on the grid to make up the numbers. We are here to win.

    “We are on a journey to the front of the grid and Fernando’s decision to join us on that journey – to have a driver of his calibre believe in the Aston Martin F1 project – is a great compliment to our team and the work we are doing.

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    “He will demand a lot from us, but that’s to be expected from a multiple world champion. Fernando will be a driving force as we climb together and, like everyone in the team, I cannot wait to work with him.

    “The prospect of having Fernando and Lance [Stroll] in the car next year is a hugely exciting one.”

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    Krack says he wants success to become "the norm" at Aston Martin

    As Krack hinted at, Alonso has been known in the past to voice his displeasure when a team he’s been driving for has failed to perform. But Krack says should Aston Martin fulfil their goals of being regularly at the front of the pack in the coming seasons, that shouldn’t be a problem – with the Luxembourger confirming in the interview that work had already begun in earnest on the 2023-spec AMR23.

    “In the future, I see Aston Martin F1 as a team where success is the norm,” said Krack. “I see a team that’s not surprised to be on the podium, that’s not surprised to be winning races. We need to reach a point where we’re constantly delivering excellent results on the track, but also believe in our ability to do so.

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    “We’re talking about building a winning culture here – this takes time – and, first, we have to develop a faster car. Our journey has only just begun and there will be challenges, but the fighting spirit of Aston Martin F1 is second to none and born out of the passion of our people.

    “It’s a team I’m incredibly proud to be a part of and I’m very excited for what the future holds.”

    2022

    Constructors' standings at the summer break

    POSITION POINTS
    1 Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing 431
    2 Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 334
    3 Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes 304
    4 Alpine Alpine Alpine 99
    5 McLaren McLaren McLaren 95
    6 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 51
    7 Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team 34
    8 AlphaTauri AlphaTauri AlphaTauri 27
    9 Aston Martin Aston Martin Aston Martin 20
    10 Williams Williams Williams 3