Alonso found F1 conspiracy theories over contract saga ‘sad and boring’
Alonso was the first major domino to fall in the silly season when he announced a shock move from Alpine to Aston Martin for 2023 on the first day of summer vacation.
This prompted Alpine to announce reserve driver Oscar Piastri as Alonso’s replacement for next year, only Piastri denied signing a deal as he headed to McLaren which confirmed Daniel Ricciardo’s exit more early this week.
Amid the madness in the driver market, links have been forged between Alonso, his former manager Flavio Briatore and Piastri’s manager Mark Webber, who was also managed by Briatore during his F1 career.
But Alonso denied any involvement of Briatore in his move or that Webber knew about things, and that he found it “quite sad and boring to read this plot”.
“I made this decision because for a few months I had been talking with the team about extending the contract, and nothing officially happened, and nothing officially happened,” Alonso explained.
“Aston called me after Sebastian [Vettel] retired. If Sebastian continued, it probably wouldn’t happen, the move to Aston. So these are very clear and very easy decisions on my part.
“What happened after and what happens with Oscar, as I said, is absolutely not my thing. I will be completely out of it.
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Alonso added that Briatore “wasn’t part of any of the negotiations” and that he “always did my thing”.
“Flavio was coming to some races,” Alonso said. “But as you may know, with other deals he might have with Stefano [Domenicali] and Formula 1 and the paddock club and other things, but unrelated to me.
The Formula 1 contract recognition committee is expected to make a decision on Piastri’s position at a hearing on Monday, which will impact Alpine’s and McLaren’s plans for next year.
Alonso said he was “surprised” by Piastri’s situation but called the Australian “an incredible talent for any team”. Alonso wished Piastri and Alpine the best as he neared the end of his third stint at Enstone.
“It will be my team this year, but it will always be my team in my heart, because we have achieved things that were unthinkable when we started the relationship,” Alonso said.
“I got back into sport also thanks to Alpine. I only wish them the best.