FERNANDO ALONSO raised eyebrows with his move from Aston Martin to Alpine
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Fernando Alonso has asked Aston Martin if he can feature in a James Bond film after making the eye-catching move to the team from Alpine. The British car manufacturer is best known for making the cars driven by the fictional secret agent and now the Formula One icon wants to take advantage of that to make his way on to the big screen.
Alonso shocked the Formula One paddock last month when he announced that he would be leaving his current team Alpine for Aston Martin at the end of the year. Many saw it as a step down with the British outfit struggling towards the back of the pack while the French side performed comfortably in midfield.
However, the allure of a more certain future was the deciding factor for the Spanish driver with Aston offering a multi-year contract in comparison to the single-year deal on offer to stay.
The 41-year-old is considered to be one of the best drivers in the history of the sport having ended Michael Schumacher’s F1 dominance in 2005 with two consecutive title wins for Renault.
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Fernando Alonso has said he would like to be in James Bond after joining Aston Martin from Alpine (Image: GETTY)
He has won 32 races during his two-decade-long career with many believing he could have challenged the statistics put up by Lewis Hamilton if he made different career choices. Moves to traditional frontrunners Ferrari and McLaren went pear-shaped as the teams failed to offer him a vehicle capable of regularly performing at the front.
Now it appears he has set his sights on further fame by taking advantage of his move to Aston Martin, steeped in history with the beloved 007. Speaking on Instagram live in his native Spanish, Alonso joked about getting onto the silver screen, stating: “I would like to be featured on a James Bond movie, now that I signed for Aston Martin.”
Alonso currently sits ninth in the World Driver’s Championship on 59 points, a return that belies his true performance having suffered from reliability issues during the early stages of the season.
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Fernando Alonso has been one of the form drivers in Formula One this season (Image: GETTY)
He has been one of the form drivers on the grid since returning from the sport’s summer break and the announcement that he would be replacing fellow former world champion, Sebastian Vettel, at Aston. He came fifth and sixth respectively in the Belgian and Dutch Grand Prix, making him best of the rest behind the big three teams.
He will aim to continue his good form at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend as Alpine hope to consolidate their position of fourth in the Constructors Championship at Monza.