Hakkinen: Fernando Alonso will bring a huge profile to Aston Martin

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Mika Hakkinen reflects on the big news of the summer

Hakkinen: Fernando Alonso will bring a huge profile to Aston Martin

The big news of the summer in Formula 1 continues to generate reactions as Fernando Alonso‘s move to Aston Martin for the 2023 season has sparked a flood of opinions.

From renowned journalists to F1 world champions, countless people have all expressed their views on the matter.

The timing couldn’t have been better to announce his departure… just as the summer break got underway.

The Hungarian Grand Prix took place and the following day a statement was made public in which the Asturian’s departure to the Silverstone-based team was made official.

Then came Alpine‘s justifications. Otmar Szafanauer admitted that it had been decisive that he had been offered a short contract because they were not confident that Alonso would continue to perform at the same level.

The two-time champion, at 41, has chosen to move on for a number of reasons.

The main one is that he is more attracted to the Aston Martin sporting project, and on top of that, he was given more time on his contract, as well as being paid more at Lawrence Stroll‘s team.

Hakkinen: Fernando Alonso will bring a huge profile to Aston Martin

Alonso, con semblante serio. / ALPINE F1

Mika Hakkinen is one of those who has welcomed this move.

Firstly, the two-time F1 champion (1998 and 1999) has linked Alonso‘s move with Sebastian Vettel’s retirement and believes that the two operations are connected.

“The announcement of Vettel‘s retirement was followed by the news that his replacement will be Alonso. It’s a great move for both,” he said in a column for Unibet.

Vettel’s farewell

Sebastian has been a great world champion, a fantastic ambassador for the sport and is very popular with the fans,” he continued.

“Let’s not forget that he was able to win four titles with Red Bull and was very close to being crowned at Ferrari as well.

“It’s easy to forget that he was the only one who really challenged the overwhelming dominance of Lewis (Hamilton) in 2017 and 2018.

“Choosing the right time to retire is never easy, but when you have won world championships you definitely know the moment when giving 100 per cent will no longer be possible.

“In F1 you need to have that total commitment to winning, doing the job within the team and accepting the constant travel, along with taking on the impact of so much stress on the family.

Seb has clearly felt that time is now and I wish him every success in the future.”

The Finn also reflects on what Alonso‘s arrival at the British team means for him.

“The news that Fernando will replace Seb at Aston Martin will come as a surprise to many people, but he still has a great passion for F1 racing and has put in some really strong performances at Alpine,” he explained.

“Remember, he helped Esteban Ocon secure that famous win in Hungary last year.

“As a two-time world champion he will bring a lot of experience and a high profile, qualities that Aston Martin‘s management values highly.

“All in all, this is a really interesting driver change for 2023.”

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