Wild hypothesis over the Dutch Grand Prix weekend steered that Aston Martin proprietor Lawrence Stroll had made an strategy for the Spaniard to go away Alpine and be a part of the Silverstone-based outfit for 2022.
The tales had been fuelled by a lunch that Stroll had with Alonso’s supervisor Flavio Briatore over the summer season break.
That was earlier than Alonso and Alpine agreed to take up an option to extend their F1 partnership into next year, and comes with Aston Martin but to verify present driver Sebastian Vettel’s deal for 2022.
However with Aston Martin set to imminently conclude a take care of Vettel, the crew has moved to dismiss the concept it wished to signal Alonso.
A spokesman for the crew mentioned: “Lawrence Stroll didn’t provide a drive to Fernando Alonso, as has been reported in some media.
“Lawrence had lunch with [Alonso’s manager] Flavio Briatore in Sardinia through the summer season break. Lawrence and Flavio are mates. They’ve lunched collectively in Sardinia many occasions over a few years. It was a social event, nothing extra.”
Lawrence Stroll, Proprietor, Aston Martin F1
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Aston Martin crew principal Otmar Szafnauer mentioned he anticipated formal talks with Vettel to finalise his new contract over the following few weeks, with the deal to be confirmed earlier than the tip of the season.
“We’ve a course of that we undergo and in our contracts,” he mentioned at Zandvoort. “Though I do not like to talk about the small print there are specific timing milestones.
“These are arising throughout the subsequent couple of weeks and as soon as we have handed these I am certain we’ll make the requisite bulletins.”
Vettel joined Aston Martin this yr after a irritating finish to his profession at Ferrari.
Regardless of a troublesome begin to the marketing campaign, the place he was hampered by a scarcity of operating in pre-season testing, he make good progress and delivered the crew’s solely podium end to date with second place within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The German additionally completed second on the highway on the Hungarian Grand Prix, however was disqualified after there was not sufficient gasoline left in his automobile after the race for legality checks.