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Szafnauer: First confirmation I had of Alonso's decision was press release

Alpine Formula 1 team principal Otmar Szafnauer learned about Spaniard Fernando Alonso's move to Aston Martin only when he read the official press release, he said on Tuesday. Double F1 World Champion Alonso signed a multi-year contract with Aston Martin on Monday, joining them as a replacement for German Sebastian Vettel, who last week announced his retirement from racing at the end of the current season. Alonso's decision to join Aston Martin came as a surprise to Szafnauer, who was confident Renault-owned Alpine had been on the verge of signing the 41-year-old driver to a new contract. 'It was the first confirmation I had,' Szafnauer told reporters on a Zoom call. 'Obviously, when we're...
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