Alonso “100 percent happy” about AMF1 switch

Fernando Alonso at the Abu Dhabi post-season test. Credits: @Formula1circus (Twitter)

Fernando Alonso stated that he feels “100-plus percent happy” about his switch to Aston Martin following his first test in Abu Dhabi.

It was announced in August that Alonso would leave Alpine after the 2022 F1 season and join Aston Martin on a multi-year deal.

On Tuesday, Alonso got to drive the Aston Martin machinery for the first time. The Spaniard completed 97 laps around the Yas Marina Circuit during the morning session of the post-season test.

“This year’s car is not anywhere near of what we will run next year,” Alonso commented on his outing.

“It was not really anything really to get confident or anything like that, it’s not that it’s going to be a continuation of this car or anything like that.

“For sure, they had a very strong weekend here. Sebastian [Vettel] qualified in front of me, so I don’t think there was much of a difference between Aston Martin and Alpine on the weekend.

“I felt basically the same as well, I felt a very competitive car. Both Aston Martins finished in the points, so it was a good car anyway.”

When asked whether he felt as optimistic as before the test, Alonso said: “No, I’m much more optimistic now.

“When I signed for Aston Martin, I was 90% happy. When they started improving and finished the season on a high, I was 100%. This morning, I was 100 and now I’m 100-plus.”

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