Fernando Alonso has only just made a move to Aston Martin for the 2023 F1 season, but fans are still wondering when the Spanish driver is thinking of retiring. In the driver conferences held today ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Alonso put these rumours to bed.
Telling the press that he has”no concerns on age yet”, the two-time F1 world champion discussed his thoughts surrounding being the oldest driver on the track aged 41. Old enough in fact to be driving in F1 when his fellow racer Oscar Piastri was born.
“I have no concerns on age yet,” he told Sky Sports David Croft. “I will be the first one to feel it when I lose something, when I miss something while driving or not being motivated to travel or to wake up in the morning and train or just come here for testing like last weekend.
“So far, I only see advantages because I know this track in many different conditions. I know the car I know the tyres.
“As I said before, some of the circuits that we will drive this year I’ve been driving already in the past, so I don’t see this advantage.
He continued, admitting that he has been given a new level of motivation moving to the British racing team this year.
“Yes, [in some] ways because you you meet new people, new philosophy of racing, how they approach the weekends and the car design and so on.
“But at the same time, it gives you an extra challenge for sure when you have to learn everything from from zero and make the new seat all these things that normally if you stay with the same team, winters are a little bit more relaxed.”
Aston Martin is looking to begin the season in a very strong position, showing good performance in pre-season testing. Indeed, it’s early days to be talking results, but we can certainly see Aston Martin challenging the top 3 this year.