When Fernando Alonso decided to switch gears last season from an established fourth-place team, Alpine, to ninth-placed Aston Martin, no one could believe it. Nor did anyone know of the magnitude of the project that was cooking in Silverstone and that Lawrence Stroll explained to the Asturian to convince him to dress in green.
“These are my plans for the future”, assured the owner of the British team who told the two-time world champion, who “shares the same faith as me”, to dress him in green, although without going into more detail about what he is up to. meant. “He replied: ‘you will be next, I want to be part of this‘. And he chose to join us,” he told Sky Sports, according to him. motorsport.
Stroll has pointed out that one of the main reasons for the Spanish pilot to trust his word is that they have known each other for a long time, and he has not hesitated to consider Alonso “one of the greatest drivers of all time”.
What Aston Martin has in mind
The owner of the British team did not want to get wet about what they expect from Aston Martin for the future: “I don’t like setting goals, we will do our best job,” he said, qualifying that, after the podium in Bahrain, “I think that we are showing what we can do“.
Stroll has chosen not to set any goal for this season, and has recalled that “I said a few years ago that this is a five-season trip to fight for the world cup“, despite the fact that many people did not believe him when he began his adventure in Formula 1 with Force India and Racing Point, he explains in the same medium.
In this sense, he has ensured that as the season progresses “we are going to improve”as will the rest of the teams, because also “the wind tunnel and CFD tests will improve”.
The commitment to build a new factory for Aston Martinwhich will be released on May 1, and to incorporate staff, with a workforce that has gone from 400 to 740 workers.