Fernando Alonso’s podium finish at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix marked his 100th podium. Alonso joins a group of six F1 drivers who have amassed over a century of podium finishes.
The Spaniard has had a phenomenal beginning to the season. Now, he is third in the Driver’s championship after achieving two podium finishes with his new squad. Nevertheless, according to his management, the 41-year-old player may be seeking more.
Alonso’s manager, Flavio Briatore, says the driver is now enjoying F1 again. With a competitive vehicle at his disposal, the ex-Ferrari and Renault driver is close to winning races once more.
Briatore discusses Fernando Alonso’s risk before to his joining Aston Martin.
Flavio Briatore, Fernando Alonso’s manager, states that the driver has enjoyed his time with Aston Martin thus far. The two-time world champion appears to have revitalized his career with the Silverstone-based team.
In 2022, the Spaniard’s tenure with Alpine came to an end. Nevertheless, the French team only offered the 41-year-old driver a 1-year contract extension, which he deemed offensive. Then an Aston Martin knocked on his door.
Briatore declared, “We took a chance. Nonetheless, it was worth it. Using the excuse of age, they offered us a two-year contract when others were only granted one. We observed a thirst for change that was absent in Alpine.”
Alonso is compared by Briatore to Vettel
Aston Martin’s number of podium finishes has quadrupled since Fernando Alonso’s arrival. The triumph of the Spaniard in 2023 has made the squad appear stronger than Ferrari and Mercedes.
Under Sebastian Vettel’s tenure, the team transitioned from a backline to the midfield. Alonso is credited by Flavio Briatore with making the team appear more threatening and with the ability to win races.
He stated, “Fernando introduced never-before-seen excitement and goals, which were absent throughout Vettel’s tenure. Also need to defeat Ferrari and Mercedes.