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With the team’s good performance verified in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying, Fernando Alonso thinks his move to Aston Martin was “simply a risk” that paid off.

Last summer, Alonso surprised the Formula One silly season by taking Sebastian Vettel’s vacant position at Aston, forcing Alpine to scramble to find a replacement while simultaneously losing its promising young driver, Oscar Piastri, to McLaren.

Since winning back-to-back world championships in 2004 and 2005 with Renault, the 41-year-old has a history of making risky team decisions that have landed him in the wrong squad at the wrong moment.

For this reason, many were surprised when Alonso ditched the fourth-placed Alpine in favour of the seventh-placed Aston Martin from the previous season.

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Alonso said that joining Aston Martin was “simply a bet,” but that it may pay off spectacularly as he qualified fifth for the first race of the 2023 season, barely six tenths behind pole sitter Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

I’m at a loss for words; eight months ago, this whole thing was a gamble, he added.

Yet, “to be in the top five battling with Ferrari, Mercedes, it feels a little bit unbelievable, but we will take it for sure,” said team principal Mattia Binotto after the opening race of the season.

While the AMR23 is still a “very basic vehicle” in its launch specification, Alonso is certain that the team’s excellent performance at Sakhir was just the beginning; nonetheless, he is equally curious to see how the car performs on the vastly different courses of Jeddah and Melbourne.

Yes, we need to wait for Jeddah, Australia, very different tracks, so I’m intrigued to see if we can retain this form in various circuits, he warned.

“But on the other hand, the car that we have currently is really a very basic car with which we debuted and began the season. “

I believe that this initiative has the drive to continually improve, thus I anticipate great things for Aston Martin in the future.

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