Fernando Alonso will be Sebastian Vettel’s successor on the Formula 1 grid for Aston Martin next year.

The British racing team announced the move of the now 41-year-old 2005 and 2006 world champion on Monday. Alonso will receive a contract for several years, it said.

The Spaniard is still racing for the French Alpine team this season. “I still have the hunger and ambition to fight at the top,” he stressed. Alonso will drive alongside Lance Stroll, son of team co-owner Lawrence Stroll. The cockpit becomes vacant because Vettel, at 35, will end his career after this season.

The Asturian was twice world champion with Renault. He drove for Ferrari from 2010 to 2014, followed by a move to McLaren in 2015. After the 2018 season, Alonso announced his retirement from Formula 1 in order to concentrate mainly on racing series in North America from then on. In 2021, he returned to his roots and drove again in Formula 1 for Renault under the new team name Alpine.

Alonso has contested 346 Grand Prix in Formula 1, winning 32 times and standing on pole 22 times. In total, he has been on the podium 98 times. He made his debut in 2001 in a Minardi at the Australian Grand Prix.

Stroll: “He’s a winner”

Stroll senior is full of praise for his future driver. “I’ve known and admired Fernando for many years,” the billionaire let it be known: “He’s a winner like me, so it was a logical step to bring him into our team.”

Who will take over Alonso’s cockpit at Alpine is completely open. The second driver is currently the Frenchman Esteban Ocon.