Aston Martin are keen to extend Fernando Alonso’s contract to drive for the team beyond the end of next season.
The team faced stronger competition from its rivals over the following races. Nonetheless Alonso has taken two more pole positions, while his team mate Lance Stroll still has none. Alonso has also scored 200 of the team’s 273 points.
Team principal Mike Krack is therefore keen to extend his stay at the team into the 2025 season, when the two-times world champion will turn 44.
“I think I don’t have to answer that question,” said Krack when asked whether he wants to keep Alonso in the team. “Absolutely, yes.”
Aston Martin caused a stir last year when they pounced on the opportunity to sign Alonso when his former team Alpine hesitated over extending his contract. Krack said he had “no concern” about offering a new deal to the oldest driver on the grid.
Krack said there’s been “only positives” from Alonso’s arrival at the team. “We were blown away from the first day until today actually,” he explained.
“To be honest with you, I always thought it was a bit of a honeymoon, the months in the beginning. But I’m quite happy that we have managed to extend the honeymoon a bit longer.
“I think we have received a remarkable team player, constructive at all times, especially when it was difficult.”
He said both drivers’ reactions to their poor weekend in Mexico showed their qualities as team players.
“When the car was competitive, or more competitive, it’s obviously easier to be constructive, but the true qualities came – let’s take Mexico [as an] example. For both drivers, it would have been easy to take the microphones and slam the team or go against the team and it would also have probably been deserved.
“But I think the true qualities of the team-playing character of both drivers came out in that time. And for me that is one of the highlights of the season as a team that we managed to stick together in that time.”
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