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Formula 1 Monaco GP
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Why future engine rules proved key in deciding Alonso’s F1 future

OPINION: Double world champion Fernando Alonso remains a fiercely ambitious competitor – and now he’s signed a contract extension with Aston Martin which will take him to his 45th birthday. Given the more immediate possibility of a Red Bull seat, STUART CODLING considers the importance of the next ruleset in making up his mind

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Fernando Alonso winning his first world championship. A year later he added a second to his trophy cabinet. But, barring a couple of near misses, he’s been in the wrong car at the wrong time ever since and all the signs are that Aston Martin isn’t going to give him a car worthy of winning a third world title in the near future, even if owner Lawrence Stroll succeeds in his bid to hire legendary design guru Adrian Newey.

Soon to turn 43, Alonso has shown increasing impatience for a top-drawer drive. A smattering of podiums at the beginning of last season got his juices flowing before car development progress stalled, to his immense frustration. Yet he’s voted for more of the same: despite options elsewhere, the ink is now dry on a fresh “multi-year” contract that will keep him in British Racing Green until 2026.

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