Aston Martin is ‘without a doubt’ the best option for Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso was left very pleased with his new side after completing 97 laps in the post-season test.

Fernando Alonso can finally put the last two years at Alpine behind him, with the Spaniard fully concentrated now on his move to Aston Martin for 2023.

Whilst he is still contracted as an Alpine driver until the end of 2022, the 41-year-old was granted permission to drive for his new side in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, where he completed 97 laps without issues.

The Spaniard didn’t take long to fire a dig back at the Enstone-based team, after he managed to complete all his Aston Martin running using a power unit with some hefty mileage on it.

His relationship with the French side truly did breakdown towards the end of the year, with the double World Champion having become frustrated with his team-mate Esteban Ocon and the side’s woeful reliability.

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Alonso retired from six races in 2022 alone, resulting in the Spaniard seeming desperate for the season to end.

His move to Aston Martin will see him surrounded by people he is known to get on with, including, fellow Spanish ex-F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, who is now an Aston Martin ambassador.

De la Rosa is confident that Aston Martin is the “best option” for Alonso for the next two years due to him seeing the Silverstone-based side’s “aspirations”.

“Fernando always bets on the best option available and at the moment, without a doubt, it is Aston Martin,” de la Rosa told AS newspaper.

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“It’s not about the performance we see today but what Fernando sees and what those of us in the team see are the aspirations they have – the changes, the tools, the new wind tunnel, new simulator, new factory.

“It’s all very hopeful and that’s why Fernando is here. It is the future.

“But we don’t know how long it will take for it to bear fruit,” the Spaniard admitted.

“This is not a football team where you sign four stars and you’re half-way there.”

Former Renault team principal and Alonso’s former manager Flavio Briatore has also added his thoughts on the driver’s move to Aston Martin.

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Briatore has played a pivotal part in the Spanish driver’s career and is confident that his former client will perform very well at Aston Martin, due to being a “rottweiler”.

“Fernando is a rottweiler and a rottweiler goes to Aston Martin without problems,” Briatore told DAZN.

“He will have a great season – two seasons.”