In the middle of the weekend of Dutch Grand Prix, the first to perform the F1 en Netherlands Since 1985, an intense buzz has arisen in the paddock of Zandvoort of something that could have happened in 2022, but ultimately it will not happen: the arrival of Fernando Alonso to Aston Martin.
A lunch they kept Lawrence stroll, head of the British team; and italian Flavio Briatore, manager of the two-time Spanish champion, began speculation during the break.
Apparently, Stroll would have tempted Alonso to join his team as his son's new partner Throw instead of german Sebastian Vettel, who has not yet been confirmed in his position for the upcoming season.
Far from letting the transcendent pass, Aston Martin flatly denied it because it is in the process of negotiating with Vettel. "Lawrence Stroll did not offer a seat to Fernando Alonso, as has been claimed in some media"said a spokesman referring to the news he published Auto Und Motor Sport.
“Lawrence and Flavio Briatore are friends. They have eaten together in Sardinia many times over many years. It was a social gathering, nothing more "He added as if to end the matter.
Obviously, the continuity of the relationship between Alpine and Alonso by 2022 Any possibility of the Asturian racing in Aston Martin has vanished, in the event that that offer had been real.
Regarding the future of Vettel in the team, Otmar Szafnauer, its director, confirmed that the talks with the four-time champion are on track and that there could be a announcement soon. “We have a contract for one year plus another, which stipulates certain dates in which we have to decide. The deadline has not yet passed "explained Szafnauer.
“There is a window of time in which we want to sit. That is not very far. We like Sebastian and he loves us. Now we have to talk about how it should go next year ”, culminated.