Fernando Alonso lays down title ambitions ahead of Aston Martin move

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Fernando Alonso has shared his lofty ambitions ahead of the 2023 F1 season as he targets a third title with his brand new team. The two-time world champion will drive for Aston Martin next year, replacing the now-retired Sebastian Vettel.

His stint at Alpine ended in disappointment as he did not finish the Abu Dhabi GP on Sunday, but the Spaniard is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his storied career. At the end of the season, Alonso outlined his aims for the new campaign and still has sights on winning a third world title.

“Ultimately winning the championship is what motivates me every day so [I am] still thinking the third [title] will be possible one day,” he said, reported by the BBC. “Maybe not next year, but who knows in the future. And now with this project of Aston Martin there are other things appealing to me – to try to build the team not from scratch but after this year they are hoping [to be] much better in the next few seasons.

“They have a lot of new people in the team, great talent, new facilities so it seems I join in this moment where we can join something together and become world champion one day. I don’t know if I will be driving that year in the car but if not I hope I will still be in the organisation somehow and still be proud of that championship.”

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Alonso, who will partner Lance Stroll at Aston Martin next season, hopes his experience can guide his new team to good results. “I believe when I can make differences when it comes to crucial moments of the races or experiences,” he added.

“We all have high talent driving cars fast; it is more about the head and how you control a few things.” At the age of 41, Alonso is the oldest driver on the grid and began his F1 career way back in 2001.

As the years go by speculation on when he will choose to step away from the sport intensifies. But the man himself said he expected to continue in F1 for at least “two to three years”.

“I will take it year by year,” Alonso said. “Last season [I was] maybe not 100%. If I do a few seasons like last year, even if I perform OK from the outside, but I don’t feel happy with myself, maybe I stop.

“And [if I drive like I did] this year for example, that I feel very proud of, I will continue whatever the results are next year because I know that whatever are the results I can give to the team.”

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