Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel announced last week that he is retiring at the end of the current marketing campaign.
In 2021, his first season with Aston Martin, he finished twelfth in the drivers’ championship, and in 2022 he is currently 14th with just 16 points.
Aston Martin moved quickly to introduce an alternative, with Alpine driver Alonso—himself a two-time world champion—set to be busy next year.
“This Aston Martin group is clearly driving energy and dedication, and the latter is one of the most important thrill groups in Formula One at the moment,” noted Alonso.
“I’ve known Lawrence and Lance [Stroke] for a couple of years and it’s pretty clear that they have the ambition and desire to reach Formula One.
“No one in Formula One at the moment shows more imagination and vision and total dedication to succeed and that makes it a very exciting choice for me.”
Alonso returned to F1 with Alpine in 2021 after a two-year break and finished tenth in the final season, where he finds himself through 2022.
The Spaniard made his F1 debut in 2001 and won his two world titles in 2005 and 2006.
Now 41, Alonso is as motivated as ever to start another new chapter with Aston Martin.
Alonso scored his eighth consecutive points to finish eighth at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.
He brings a wealth of expertise to Aston Martin, where he will be joined by Lance Stroll, son of government chairman Lawrence.
“Those plans are taking shape at Silverstone right now. So it seems fitting to ask Fernando to be a part of organizing a successful group.
“We have established in the short term in our current conversation that we have ambitions and values and that it was logical and straightforward to demonstrate our willingness to work collectively.”