F1: Fernando Alonso leaves Alpine, is a disaster inevitable?

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F1: Fernando Alonso leaves Alpine, is a disaster inevitable?

From this Tuesday, Fernando Alonso will be able to test his new car for 2023. And for good reason, the Spaniard leaves Alpine only two years after his return to join Aston Martin. A choice that raises questions given the season achieved by Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll. But it’s not the first time that the Oviedo native’s decisions have been commented on. Le 10 Sport offers you a look back at Fernando Alonso’s team changes since winning his two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.

2007: Arrival at McLaren with Hamilton

Double reigning world champion, Fernando Alonso is clearly the fashionable driver who will take over from Michael Schumacher which he has just dominated twice. The Spaniard nevertheless chooses to leave Renault in order to engage with McLaren which changes everything. On paper, the British team has one of the best single-seaters on the grid and see Alonso joining a legendary team is nothing shocking. But the timing will prove disastrous. And for good reason, it was in the same year 2007 that McLaren decides to throw in the deep end a certain Lewis Hamilton. Hatched by Ron Dennis, the Briton is not a usual rookie and will fight an incredible battle for the double world champion in a team that has been preparing him for F1 for years. Result, after many dirty tricks between the two pilots, it is Kimi Raikkonen who will take the opportunity to obtain his first and only world title in front of the two pilots McLaren who will finish tied, only one length behind the Finn. A terrible mess.

2008: The disastrous return to Renault

Aware that he will never be able to be considered at his fair value at McLaren where Lewis Hamilton is the darling, Fernando Alonso will leave the British team after only one season and chooses to return to Renault. But the French team is no longer at the level that had allowed the Spaniard to win his two world titles. His first season will be marked by the crashgate in Singapore, one of his only two victories in 2008. The 2009 season will be even worse. The Renault is very far from Red Bull and Brawn GP. Result, no victory for Fernando Alonso who will end the season in an anonymous ninth place.

2010: The Ferrari failure

Frustrated by these two seasons, Fernando Alonso decides to realize the dream of all pilots to join Ferrari. The ambition is clear for the Spaniard, to bring back the Scuderia at the top. But while he will stay 5 years with the Italian team, which he has never done elsewhere, the double world champion will fail, despite three second places in the driver standings. It was in 2010, for his first season in Rouge, that he came closest to winning a third world title. And for good reason, Alonso appears as the leader at the last Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. But Ferrari will decide to align its strategy with that of Mark Webber who entered the pits very early after hitting the wall. Result, the Spaniard will be stuck behind Vitaly Petrov driver… Renault, in seventh place. In the meantime, Sebastian Vettel heading for his first world title, which he won 4 points ahead of Alonso. In 2012 also the Asturian will also come close to the title when Sebastian Vettel is hooked by Bruno Senna at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix. But the pilot Red Bull will move up to sixth, which will be enough to secure the title at the expense of Fernando Alonso.

2015: The McLaren-Honda ordeal

After five seasons, Fernando Alonso so leave Ferrari where he is replaced by his executioner Sebastian Vetteland decides to return to McLaren seven years after his departure. Determined to put an end to the hegemony of Mercedes, the Spaniard is convinced that he is joining the right project with the British team which is renewing its partnership with Honda. An association that made the great hours of F1 in the 1990s. On arrival, it will be a total fiasco, since not only will the Spaniard not win the slightest race, but he will fight at the back of the grid and time in time to score points. Only positive point of the second passage of Fernando Alonso, this offered him the opportunity to participate in the Indianapolis 500 while winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the end of the 2018 season, the Spaniard leaves McLaren and the F1considering that no interesting project is offered to him.

2021: Alpine, the story that ends badly

Finally, after two years away from the paddocks, Fernando Alonso is making a comeback in F1. On July 8, 2020, Renault announces indeed having reached an agreement for the return of the double world champion within the stable which had allowed him to be at the top. Quickly, the French team unveiled its project and became Alpine. The Spaniard will experience a checkered passage despite the rise of the tricolor team. In 2021, however, he returned to the podium at the Qatar GP, but the 2022 season will be marked by numerous mechanical incidents which will provoke the anger of Fernando Alonso and will mark a total break between Alonso and Alpine. And for good reason, as soon as the winter break, while discussions for an extension seem well underway, the Spanish driver announced that he would replace Sebastian Vettel at the house of Aston Martin in 2023. The second half of the season will therefore have been marked by numerous controversies between Fernando Alonso and his stableas well as with his teammate Esteban Ocon. But it is now over since the double world champion will swap his blue tunic for the green combination ofAston Martin. Looking forward to renewing this new challenge, Alonso will try to prove that at 41, he has finally made a good career choice.

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