The Formula 1 grid so far only consists of two legends and one legend in the making. However, when compared to Lewis Hamilton‘s podium wins this season and despite having eight podiums Aston Martin has failed to give Fernando Alonso a better car and maintain their own P3 position.
Aston Martin started the 2023 season incredibly with Fernando Alonso managing to get the team to P3 in the constructor championship. However, they soon started declining in performance and their car quality.
Nonetheless, there were times when the two-time champion and his brilliance brought the team as many points as he could. Comparatively, his teammate, Lance Stroll, struggled quite a bit this season with only one good result coming from him while Alonso carried the team on his back.
His incredible performance for Aston Martin definitely did not go to waste and left his team principal Nike Krack impressed and with the desire to have the two-time champion alongside the paid driver they cannot get rid of.
Is there a desire to extend Fernando Alonso’s contract beyond the end of 2024, Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack is asked? “Yes,” he says
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) November 24, 2023
When asked about Fernando Alonso’s contract extension and if Aston Martin is planning to see the legend in their team even after 2024, Krack replied with a ‘yes’.
Fernando Alonso relates to Max Verstappen’s retirement talks
There is no secret that Verstappen has dominated this season however, it is also a known fact that he has become tired of winning all the time. The Dutchman mentioned multiple times, his plans to retire and what he wants to pursue after his retirement. Nonetheless, he is not the only one who feels the same way.
Not too long ago Fernando Alonso talked about Max Verstappen‘s dominance and he was impressed by the three-time champion, however, he also believed that he understands him. Alonso has had an on-and-off relationship with Formula 1.
He quit and joined Le Mans and soon returned to his beloved sport again. With him being the only driver on the grid to have the longest history in Formula 1, he has come around to sympathize with Max’s wish to retire.
8 podiums for Fernando Alonso in Formula 1 this season💪😍😎 pic.twitter.com/7q99DUGLUU
— F1 in the 2010’s🏆🏁🚦 (@F1inthe2010s1) November 9, 2023
In a recent interview, he said, “I feel the same way, to be honest. But you never know. I thought that way as well in 2006 or 2007. I remember signing for McLaren in 2007, and it was like a three-year contract. I thought at that time that it would be my last contract. And here we are. So I cannot say anything for the future now.”
While Max Verstappen has made it clear that he will be finishing his run in Formula 1 and fulfilling the 8 years that are in his contract with Red Bull, he also believes that there is more to the sport than just Formula 1. He has talked about his wishes to join Sim Racing and have his own team. He also wishes to help kids with Sim Racing and make it a bigger platform.