“It was an open secret that Alonso was talking to Aston Martin”

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The signing of Fernando Alonso by Aston Martin for the season continues to have comments inside and outside the paddock. Guenther Steiner, head of the Haas team, has been the last. For the Italian engineer, it was known throughout the Formula 1 grid that Aston Martin quickly launched for the Asturian’s signing after Sebastian Vettel’s withdrawal announcement. “It was an open secret that Fernando was talking to Aston Martin when Vettel announced he was retiring., I wasn’t surprised with that move”, comments Steiner in an interview with Racing News 365.

The Italian also spoke about the contractual situation of Piastri and Alpine. Steiner has a similar opinion as Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer. The Romanian a few days ago said that Piastri should have more respect for the team that has brought him to Formula 1. In the case of Steiner: “Piastri was seen as an Alpine pilot. In my opinion, he helped him grow and to reach this high level, so I was very clear that I would drive for them in Formula 1″. She also blurts out that there are more details within the Alpine-Piastri-McLaren triangle (she is the main interested in her signing) that have not transpired.

The situation in Alpine may also affect his team, Haas. Mick Schumacher, one of his drivers this season, ends his contract in 2023 and his contractual situation can make him ‘have girlfriends’ in his best season as a professional. And Alpine could be one of them. Steiner affirms that they have not yet started negotiating with the German driver for 2023 and, he himself confesses, that he does not know what the young German’s plans are for next year, but he stresses that they will talk to him before looking at other drivers. “We haven’t talked about the next season yet. with the. Mick hasn’t talked to us either, but I want to know what’s going on.”

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