F1 News: Former F1 driver, Felipe Massa, believes Fernando Alonso joining Aston Martin will only benefit the team because their car is less competitive.
All land jet fans were surprised by the announcement on Monday (1/8), the day after the Hungarian GP. Aston Martin released a statement that Fernando Alonso will be part of them in 2023.
It became a concrete step from the Mercedes-engined team, following Sebastian Vettel’s decision to hang up his helmet at the end of this season. That is, Alonso will leave Alpine after two seasons.
Aston Martin’s long-term goal is to fight for the title. For this reason, they continue to seek and recruit the best talent in the premier class while building new factories and wind tunnels.
Fernando Alonso’s wealth of experience will also help the team develop. The driver also saw the promising potential in the AMR22 car. But his former tandem at Ferrari, Felipe Massa, was skeptical.
He said the multi-year contract signed by Alonso with Aston Martin would not benefit both parties.
“We were teammates for a long time at Ferrari, I learned a lot from him. “In my opinion, Fernando (Alonso) is one of the best drivers in Formula 1. To be honest, it’s a bit strange to hear his decision,” Massa said as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I think Aston Martin has a lot to gain by signing him, but I don’t know if it’s the other way around,” he added.
“The most important thing for Fernando is to have a competitive car and show what he can really do. But looking at the development, I don’t think Aston Martin will make a big step. It’s not interesting to only compete for P10, 11 or 12,” he explained.
When compared to Alpine, the team that Alonso is currently strengthening, clearly shows better progress. It can be seen from the ranking in the constructors standings. They occupy P4 (99 points), while Aston Martin is ninth (20).
The British team has also only finished on the podium once through Sebastian Vettel (P2) at the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
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