Fernando Alonso had his best Formula 1 start in 2023 since returning to sport in 2021 with an Alpine contract. Alonso, who has now won three consecutive podiums in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia after leaving Alpine to take Sebastian Vettel’s seat in Aston Martin, is thanking his lucky stars. Fernando Alonso said repeatedly that he believed in AMR’s Lawrence Stroll when announcing the surprise move. Now, his belief is paying off.
Fernando Alonso spoke about his goals for the future of F1 last year. The 41-year old racer is already making headlines for returning to F1 in his 40s, while most drivers are leaving the track by mid-30s. The last time the two-time World Champion lifted the trophy at a Grand Prix was in 2013, when he won the Spanish Grand Prix, in his home country.
Alonso is aware that he must act quickly to increase his win count to 33. The Spaniard has gained confidence after three podium finishes in three races in a row. He knows now what to do to usurp Max Verstappen and reach the top. Nando also admitted that it will be difficult to beat Max. In a recent article, Nando said that “Max Verstappen is driving better than anybody at the moment.” It’s hard to keep up with him. In 2023 and 24 and 25 I hope that he does not win, and I will try to keep him from winning.
Fernando Alonso is aiming to win the F1 World Championship by 2024
Fernando Alonso’s confidence in the car made him the star of the Bahrain season opener. He easily beat his formidable rivals, the Mercedes duo and the Ferrari duo, to get his Aston Martin on the third position in the grid. Alonso, when asked about vying for Championship, said: “In 2020, after the leap that we made this winter, next winter we may be able take another one and fight for the World Cup.”
Aston Martin has improved dramatically since the end of 2022, when they were seventh in the Championship. In the same interview Fernando Alonso also said he did not expect this form to continue throughout the year. It will be interesting to see how Fernando Alonso navigates the F1 grid in order to secure a place at the front of the next races.