19/05/2023 and las 16:30 CEST
Antonio Lobato, expert journalist in Formula 1 and friend of Fernando Alonso, ve the Asturian completed his contract with Aston Martin and even extended his stay at the British team once ‘Magic’ decided to hang up his helmet. The good work of the two-time world champion is not going unnoticed at more tradition-bound factories such as Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull, although the man from Oviedo is in no mood for a change of scenery and looks to Aston at 41 Martin the final stage of his extensive career in the ‘Great Circus’.
“The Aston Martin project is in the medium term. What he is experiencing now was not expected until next year. If no problems arise, I think Alonso will want to finish his career at Aston Martin, even That too for purposes that go beyond just being one.” Driver. In Bahrain he told me that if all goes well, a position in the Aston Martin hierarchy, trying to help the drivers and the team, could help him. I hope and hope that there are no more changes. I see it as unlikely that he can go back to Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari. I think Aston Martin has been a good bet”, says Antonio Lobato.
Alonso has previously confirmed that he would like to continue his association with Aston Martin once his association with the Briton ends. “When I retire, I think I’ll come back to Dakar, because it doesn’t require as much preparation as Formula 1, and of course I’ll stay connected to Formula 1, because I can help Aston Martin in the future.” ” After 20 years in competition. That’s my wish”, confirmed the ‘Magic’ in an interview with ‘Sky Sports’.
lobato 33 doesn’t see the fence
The journalist is optimistic about the future of Aston Martin, although he still sees victory at the next Grand Prix as far away. “Fernando wants more and Aston Martin wants more. To go from third to second is to beat a Red Bull and to get 33 to go from second to first is to beat both Red Bulls. Today Red Bull is untouchable. A Last year we were and away, we could not get 33rd but second with Carlos. But this year it is not possible unless things happen. Fernando is closer to victory than Carlos. Fernando’s level is animal and he Showing it off with an Aston Martin that doesn’t have the Red Bull’s pace. If I had the same car as Checo, I don’t know…”, he predicted.
Regarding possible improvements to the car, Lobato assured that there would be no huge jump in quality, although new parts are expected in Canada that will allow the car to perform better. “The big changes are not going to happen, the big change is waiting for Canada. Alonso has a happy life with podiums with Aston Martin, but he wants more. Under normal circumstances it seems unlikely that he Will close the gap with Red Bull. If Ferrari or Mercedes make significant leaps in the drought they will be there”, Antonio Lobato declared.