Aston Martin CEO Mike Krack believes the team’s drive has improved since Fernando Alonso’s decision to move from Alpine.
Last season, Fernando Alonso drove for Alpine, a team that was performing well and finally finished fourth quickest. Nonetheless, the Spaniard made a move and joined Aston Martin when Sebastian Vettel departed.
The reason for this was Alonso’s assumption that the team could outperform Alpine. When asked to compare Vettel and Fernando Alonso, team head Mike Krack stated that the Spaniard’s confidence in them drove the squad even more.
Vettel has contributed to the team’s success, but Fernando Alonso wants to push things to the next level. Mike Krack stated:
“That’s an excellent question. Because Seb has won four world championships. But he’s a different guy; he chose to retire, whereas Fernando Alonso chose to continue working. It alters the team’s motivation.”
He went on to say, “There’s a team dynamic that centres around that. We’re happy for what Sebastian has given to the team; he’s moved it to the next level, but the combination of the investments behind it and Fernando’s desire is what propels us forward even more.”
When asked about Alonso’s ability, even at his age, Krack remarked of the 41-year-old: “If everyone drove the same vehicle, he’d be in the front row. The essential goal at this point is to supply Fernando with a vehicle capable of doing so. He’ll place it where it belongs if we make it.”
Mike Krack draws parallels between Fernando Alonso and Valentino Rossi
ALSO READ: Mick Schumacher, in the Opinion of Franz Tost, May Have Been the Hero Germany Needed
Krack likened Fernando Alonso to MotoGP icon Valentino Rossi, who raced into his 40s and remained competitive. According to Krack, even Fernando Alonso possesses the same fire and has demonstrated it on the track, saying:
“Of course, you might argue that he doesn’t have many years left in Formula One, but I’m not sure he believes that. We saw that with Valentino Rossi when you have someone who is that motivated.“
“When the drive is there, together with the devotion, physical and mental training, skill, and experience, I don’t believe it’s just him; there’s still not much time left.”
Fernando Alonso has an exciting season ahead of him. He has advanced from the fourth to the seventh quickest team on the grid. If the findings do not come in, he will be asked if the danger was worth it.