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‘I’m fitter than ever’ – Veteran Formula One star Fernando Alonso still believes he can win third world championship with Aston Martin where he is ‘happier every day’

‘I’m fitter than ever’ – Veteran Formula One star Fernando Alonso still believes he can win third world championship with Aston Martin where he is ‘happier every day’

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso believes he’s ‘fitter than ever’ at the age of 41 and can still compete for the title.

The Spaniard joined his sixth team in F1 over the summer, arriving at Aston Martin – 22 years on from his debut back in 2001.

Alonso still believes a third title is possibleaston martin on twitter

That is despite the veteran Spaniard not claiming a title since 2006Getty

Shortly after his initial arrival in the sport, Alonso took it by storm where he twice beat the legendary Michael Schumacher to world titles to make himself an F1 great.

No title has followed since his 2005 and 2006 heroics despite being a combined eight points from three more championships, but he’s still not giving up.

“I do believe that there is a possibility [to win the title],” he said at the launch of the AMR23. “I don’t think this year, I’m honest on that, I have my feet on the ground.

“We want to have a good car to start with and develop for the second half of the season when maybe we can get closer, if there is an opportunity, changeable conditions, we will not miss that opportunity, but at the beginning I expect some difficult races.

“I trust this project, I know it’s probably my last team to drive for but I know Lawrence [Stroll, team owner] and Lance [Stroll, teammate] for many years and now we have this wonderful opportunity to work towards Aston Martin hopefully competing for championships in future years.”

He continued: “I’m very demanding on everything that I do, I expect a lot from people that I work with.

Alonso is one of F1’s greats, but luck has cost him more titles


“I give my 100 per cent and I expect the same from the people that I work with and since the first day with Aston Martin I felt exactly the same values from the people around me.

“We have the leadership of Lawrence who I’ve known for many years now and he had success in many different projects and I see there is no doubt that Formula 1 will be no different, he will succeed sooner or later.

“I know my time behind the wheel is not unlimited but I will try and help the team and make this process as quick as I can.

“If I’m driving then it’s good, if not I will be super proud of this organisation.”

Aston Martin have made their intentions clear for the 2023 seasonGetty

Despite his advancing years as the most experienced driver in F1 history with 358 races under his belt, Alonso is still as fit as anyone despite being in his 40s, a fact that baffles many of his competitors.

And they have been warned that things are only getting tougher, as Alonso explained to the media.

“I’m fitter than ever,” he said. “But I think it’s the way you understand yourself, the way you train.

“The last two winters have been difficult. In 2021 I had the bicycle accident and couldn’t move for two or three months and last winter I had to remove the plates from my face so this was the first winter that I could do a normal preparation.

“I’m even more happy [than when I arrived] every day I’m happier, I’ve been coming to the factory regularly in January. There is a lot of teamwork at the moment and I love that.”

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​Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso believes he’s ‘fitter than ever’ at the age of 41 and can still compete for the title.

The Spaniard joined his sixth team in F1 over the summer, arriving at Aston Martin – 22 years on from his debut back in 2001.

Alonso still believes a third title is possibleaston martin on twitter

That is despite the veteran Spaniard not claiming a title since 2006Getty

Shortly after his initial arrival in the sport, Alonso took it by storm where he twice beat the legendary Michael Schumacher to world titles to make himself an F1 great.

No title has followed since his 2005 and 2006 heroics despite being a combined eight points from three more championships, but he’s still not giving up.

“I do believe that there is a possibility [to win the title],” he said at the launch of the AMR23. “I don’t think this year, I’m honest on that, I have my feet on the ground.

“We want to have a good car to start with and develop for the second half of the season when maybe we can get closer, if there is an opportunity, changeable conditions, we will not miss that opportunity, but at the beginning I expect some difficult races.

“I trust this project, I know it’s probably my last team to drive for but I know Lawrence [Stroll, team owner] and Lance [Stroll, teammate] for many years and now we have this wonderful opportunity to work towards Aston Martin hopefully competing for championships in future years.”

He continued: “I’m very demanding on everything that I do, I expect a lot from people that I work with.

Alonso is one of F1’s greats, but luck has cost him more titles

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“I give my 100 per cent and I expect the same from the people that I work with and since the first day with Aston Martin I felt exactly the same values from the people around me.

“We have the leadership of Lawrence who I’ve known for many years now and he had success in many different projects and I see there is no doubt that Formula 1 will be no different, he will succeed sooner or later.

“I know my time behind the wheel is not unlimited but I will try and help the team and make this process as quick as I can.

“If I’m driving then it’s good, if not I will be super proud of this organisation.”

Aston Martin have made their intentions clear for the 2023 seasonGetty

Despite his advancing years as the most experienced driver in F1 history with 358 races under his belt, Alonso is still as fit as anyone despite being in his 40s, a fact that baffles many of his competitors.

And they have been warned that things are only getting tougher, as Alonso explained to the media.

“I’m fitter than ever,” he said. “But I think it’s the way you understand yourself, the way you train.

“The last two winters have been difficult. In 2021 I had the bicycle accident and couldn’t move for two or three months and last winter I had to remove the plates from my face so this was the first winter that I could do a normal preparation.

“I’m even more happy [than when I arrived] every day I’m happier, I’ve been coming to the factory regularly in January. There is a lot of teamwork at the moment and I love that.”

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