Fernando Alonso F1 retirement hint dropped by Aston Martin after Hamilton wish

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Aston Martin boss Mike Krack has suggested Fernando Alonso will still be racing with the team in 2026. Alonso signed a multi-year deal with the British manufacturer at the end of last season which is believed to end after the 2024 campaign.

However, the Spaniard has refused to rule out staying longer as he enjoys a resurgence of form in 2023. Krack explained: “There is no reason to think that Fernando will not be with us in 2026. In 2026 we will be the only team with Honda engines, unless the regulations force us.

“We will develop our gearbox, but we are with the FIA to see common components. Honda contract until 2030.” Ahead of the season. Alonso’s ex-girlfriend, Andrea Schlager, revealed Alonso was considering not renewing his deal with Aston Martin.

However, the double world champion has picked up a stunning four podiums this season as the squad pushes towards the frontrunners. It means he has now secured more top-three finishes than he did over the previous nine years.

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Alonso opened up on his future in Monaco as Aston Martin announced a major engine partnership with Honda for the 2026 campaign. He said: “Racing in 2026? I don’t know what I’ll do in 2026, for sure I feel good, fast and motivated.

“I’d like to keep racing but one day I’ll wake up and decide to stop, or maybe I’ll be slower. Let’s see it’s a long way to 2026.” At 41, Alonso is the oldest driver on the grid with a career spanning over 20 years.

Lewis Hamilton is the second oldest on the grid at 38 but has appeared to change his own F1 plans due to Alonso’s success.

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Hamilton had previously claimed he wanted to walk away from F1 by his 40s but is now on the verge of signing a new deal. He commented: “There are people out there like Tom Brady [who retired aged 45]. There are different ways you can train, how you can eat, and your focus.

“The technology in our bodies is shifting, and it is just about the mentality and whether or not you still have the drive to sacrifice the same as you did when you first started, and I do. I cannot speak for Fernando [Alonso] but I am hoping for more great fights with him moving forward.”

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