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Otmar Szafnauer: “Even after Fernando Alonso leaves, Alpine will beat Aston Martin in 2023”

Despite Fernando Alonso’s recently announced move to Aston Martin at the end of this season, Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer is confident his team will continue to beat Aston Martin next year.

At Aston Martin, after Sebastian Vettel’s announced farewell, they are all too happy that none other than Fernando Alonso will succeed the four-time F1 champion. Aston Martin has already indicated that the team’s progress will be even faster as a result, but at Alpine they are confident that they will also beat Aston Martin next year.

“I know both teams very well,” said Otmar Szafnauer, who left the Aston Martin team late last year to join Alpine, according to “I think I know it well, I’ve worked for the team for 12 years, I know them better than anyone here at Alpine.”

“Since I left the team in December they have recruited several people, some of them I have recruited, such as Dan Fallows and Eric Blandin from Mercedes. I know what they are trying to do.”

“I know the people there and I know the team here, both teams have incredible potential. But today Alpine performs at a much higher level as a team.”

“It is difficult to predict the future but in the short term I am sure that this team will continue to perform at this level, probably even better.”

The difference between Alpine and Aston Martin in the Constructors’ Championship is currently large. Alpine is fourth in the championship with 99 points while Aston Martin has only 20 points and is penultimate.”

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