Boss spills the tea on Alonso’s future: Aston over Mercedes?

Mike Krack, the team boss, is optimistic about Aston Martin’s chances to secure Fernando Alonso’s services for the years beyond 2024, amidst speculation surrounding the Spanish driver’s potential shift to leading teams such as Red Bull or Mercedes.

At the Suzuka circuit, speculation was put to rest by Dr. Helmut Marko of Red Bull, confirming that Alonso, aged 42, would not be joining Max Verstappen in the coming year. Meanwhile, Alonso himself has expressed disinterest in a move to the underperforming Mercedes team, stating it is not “attractive.”

Alonso has set two critical conditions for his continued alliance with Aston Martin: his decision to steer clear of retirement and the team’s commitment to establishing itself among Formula 1’s elite.

From Suzuka, Krack disclosed to DAZN, the Spanish broadcaster, that the team’s performance in 2024 would undergo its initial evaluation following the fifth race, scheduled in Shanghai the following weekend. “We are taking the first five races as a reference to see where we are,” he mentioned, adding, “And so far we were, overall, the fifth fastest team. Maybe sometimes close to fourth, which means you fight between being seventh or tenth normally.”

This performance mirrors 2023’s outcomes, where Aston Martin ranked fifth, trailing behind Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes. Krack acknowledged the need for improvement, stating, “We have to add more,” and emphasized, “Without a doubt we have to achieve more. But I think that if he can fight and not be in the middle of nowhere it is already a first step. And we are not going to stop there.”

Krack is encouraged by Alonso’s remarks in Suzuka, particularly his view of Mercedes as “not attractive” at this time. Krack reflects on the past two to three years, noting, “I think when you see what has happened, the progress that the teams have made, it is good to see that there is a possibility there at Mercedes but that perhaps it is better to stay here.” He assures continued support for Alonso, promising, “We will keep bringing him new pieces throughout the season to keep him motivated and happy at Aston Martin.”


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