Formula 1: Mike Krack ready to manage 'demanding' & 'hungry' Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso in the Belgian GP paddock

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has offered his thoughts on working with Fernando Alonso from next year in Formula 1.

The Spaniard surprised many at the start of the summer break this year by revealing, only a day after saying nothing was imminent in terms of his future, that he would be leaving Alpine for Aston for 2023.

Indeed, he signed a contract that, depending on performance metrics being met by both him and the team, could last for three years, meaning Fernando is racing well into his 40s if all goes to plan, and it’s clear that his desire and passion for competing at the top table of motorsport remains undiminished.

Certainly, he evidently buys into the ambition that Aston are showing with their new factory being built and with new investment being pumped into the team, whilst team principal Mike Krack is a man who has a wealth of experience and is as equally as determined to win races and championships.


Speaking in an interview with the BBC, then, Krack offered his thoughts on what working with Alonso might be like:

“It will be challenging for us. Normally, drivers with this experience, they do not have this desire to win … especially if they have won already.

“Fernando has this unique combination of speed, hunger, motivation and experience. For us, it makes him the perfect candidate. The downside could be that if the car we deliver is just not good enough, then we know it gets difficult.

“We think having someone like Fernando is really, really important to make the next step as a team.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 31: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine F1 A522 Renault on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Can Fernando Alonso win titles at Aston Martin?

Few can imagine a world in which Fernando Alonso is the 2023 world champion with Aston Martin but the team is looking to make steady progress up the grid and he would not have signed with the team if he did not think in the next three years there was a chance of real success.

He remains one of the most talented drivers on the grid and certainly one of the most ambitious and driven, and he clearly feels Aston match those levels.

If the car can be quick enough with Fernando in it there is no reason why he cannot win races and, therefore, a title should not be ruled out – though it will obviously be difficult regardless.

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