Sport Formula 1: Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin

15:21  01 august  2022
15:21  01 august  2022 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

4-time F1 champion Vettel to retire at end of season

  4-time F1 champion Vettel to retire at end of season BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will retire at the end of the season to spend more time with his family, the German driver said Thursday. Vettel won his four F1 titles from 2010-13 with the Red Bull team. His last race victory came with Ferrari in 2019. This season with Aston Martin, he has been largely unsuccessful with a best finish of sixth place. “The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Vettel said.

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso is replacing four-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin.

The team announced Monday that Alonso would take the retiring Vettel’s place in 2023. Vettel said last week that he was stepping aside from Formula 1 after spending the last two seasons with Aston Martin.

Alonso, 41, is set to become the driver with the most starts in F1 history later this season when he appears in his 350th race and passes Kimi Raikkonen. He currently races for Alpine and is 10th in the standings with 37 points.

"I still have the hunger and ambition to fight to be at the front, and I want to be part of an organisation that is committed to learn, develop and succeed," Alonso said in a team statement.

Vettel-Father: That was the low point

 Vettel-Father: That was the low point Sebastian Vettel's father, the fiasco in Austria sees as a co-trigger for his son's decision-making. © provided by Sport1.de Vettel-Vater: That was the low point after the resignation of Sebastian Vettel has now spoken to father Norbert-and reminds a bitter day that a co-triggers for the decision of his Son was. “That's a shame, but I understand him. That was an incredible career of my son and the low point was Austria, ”said Vettel Senior at RTL/NTV .

"We all appreciate that there is much to be done to get to the front, and that we must apply all our energies in working together to find performance.

"The passion and desire to perform that I have witnessed convince me to maintain my enjoyment and commitment to the sport. I intend to win again in this sport and therefore I have to take the opportunities that feel right to me."

Alonso has raced in F1 for 19 seasons and has won 32 races. He took the 2005 and 2006 championships by winning seven races in each season and has also finished third in the standings three different times.

He was absent from the grid in 2019 and 2020 as he raced in different series. Those endeavors included the 2017 and 2020 Indianapolis 500s. Alonso led 27 laps in 2017 and had a car capable of winning before an engine problem with just over 20 laps to go ruined his race.

'Ambitious' Alonso to replace Vettel at Aston Martin

  'Ambitious' Alonso to replace Vettel at Aston Martin Veteran Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso said he "intends to win again" after Aston Martin announced Monday that he would be joining the team on a multi-year contract from 2023. The double world champion, who turned 41 on Friday and was coming to the end of his contract with French team Alpine, will replace German driver Sebastian Vettel, a four-time champion, who last week announced his retirement from Formula One at the end of the current season.

Alonso returned to F1 in 2021 with Alpine and finished on the podium at Hungary as teammate Esteban Ocon won the race.

His move to Aston Martin to replace Vettel means the team will go into the 2023 season with Alonso and Lance Stroll as its drivers. Ocon is set to stay at Alpine and Alonso’s departure opens a seat for touted young driver Oscar Piastri. The 2021 Formula 2 champion has six wins in 23 F2 starts and currently serves as Alpine’s reserve driver.

Sebastian Vettel (L) is retiring at the end of 2022 and will be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo Sports US Sebastian Vettel (L) is retiring at the end of 2022 and will be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc: Comforting SMS by Sebastian Vettel to France -Crash .
© Motorsport Images Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel get along Gut Sebastian Vettel after his resignation from Formula 1 , a hole will leave a hole in the premier class - on and on and Next to the route. An example of this will provide its ex-teammate at Ferrari, Charles Leclerc on Thursday before the Grand Prix of Hungary in 2022 in Budapest. of the Monegasse threw a possible victory away from a departure in the last race in Le Castellet .

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