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Stroll: Alonso fantastic, Lance unlucky

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Lawrence Stroll acknowledged that Formula 1 veteran Fernando Alonso has energised Aston Martin, and instilled winning ambitions into the Canadian billionaire’s megaproject’s DNA while putting his son Lance’s disappointing season down to bad luck.

Alonso of course was the surprise replacement for retiring Sebastian Vettel, the Spanish veteran who had lost faith in the Alpine effort around the time of the vacancy at Aston Martin. Calls were made and not long after the Spaniard was donning green from the start of the 2023 season.

Since then seven podium finishes, thrice in second place galvanised Aston Martin. Although their season has petered out of late, upgrades have not done the AMR23 any favours. But in Alonso’s hands, it is still a handy piece of kit and capable of muscling in at the sharp end, albeit well behind Max Verstappen normally.

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Speaking to Sky F1, Stroll revealed what 42-year-old Alonso brings to the party: “He’s brought a tremendous amount. He’s full of energy like he’s 22 years old, he’s very committed, extremely motivated, obviously hugely talented and a fantastic ambassador for the brand.

“He’s been fantastic as a Formula 1 driver, so I’d say on and off the track he’s been a fantastic ambassador for Aston Martin.”

Alonso’s contract with the team runs until the end of 2024, asked if an extension would happen, Stroll replied: “Anything is possible. Right now he has a contract to drive for us next year and we’re looking forward to that.”

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In the sister car, on the ‘strength’ of his season thus far, Lance would not get a drive next year, in any other team he would surely have made way for another driver, as stats show he simply has not been a match to Alonso.

The older driver has bagged 183 of Aston Martin’s 230 points after 17 Rounds and lies fourth in the 2023 F1 drivers standings. Stroll Junior on 47 points is 11th in the standings.

Stroll Senior got paternal when asked to account for his son’s well below par season: “Lance started the year on the back foot with two broken wrists for the first half-dozen races, which was very challenging, but really did a heroic job – and he’s had an unfortunate amount of bad luck.

“He’s had nine retirements due to engine failures, or a rear-wing fail [Japanese Grand Prix]. Half of the races it hasn’t been anything to do with his own abilities, he has just had a lot of bad luck, sadly,” lamented the 64-year-old Canadian billionaire.

Aston Martin are fourth in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship, 68 points adrift of Ferrari and a McLaren 11 points behind with five rounds remaining, including this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.