Monday, 01 August 2022 11:08

Fernando Alonso switches to Aston Martin F1 team from 2023.

Staff Reporter.

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will leave the Alpine team to join Aston Martin in 2023, the British team announced in a press release on Monday.

Alonso, 41, who is currently with Alpine-Renault, will replace Sebastian Vettel following the German's retirement at the end of the season.

Alonso, F1 champion in 2005 and 2006, returned to the sport in 2021 after a three year hiatus.

"I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front," said Alonso, 10th on 41 points this season.

"I want to be part of an organisation that is committed to learn, develop and succeed.

"I intend to win again in this sport and therefore I have to take the opportunities that feel right to me."

Alonso, who will partner Canadian Lance Stroll at Aston Martin, is currently in the midst of his 20th Formula 1 season.

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack said Alonso's experience would benefit the whole team.

"We know that nearly everyone can learn from someone of Fernando's calibre and experience," he said.

"We are confident that he will inspire everyone to lift their game, and that will only enhance the already infectious energy that exists within the team."