In August of the previous year, the 41-year-old Spaniard entered into a contractual agreement with his team, referred to by both parties as a “multi-year” deal set to commence in 2023. The inaugural race in Bahrain proved to be a great beginning for the partnership, with the Red Bull team displaying undeniable dominance and securing a podium finish right out of the gate.
Following the debut of the new Aston Martin vehicle, officials from the Red Bull team responded by highlighting the noticeable resemblances shared between the recently unveiled model and the championship-winning Red Bull car from the previous year.
“Aston Martin looks like a Red Bull because Aston Martin took half of Red Bull’s aerodynamic employees,” Franz Tost, boss of the Red Bull-owned team Alpha Tauri, is quoted by Diario Sport.
“So, of course, they built the same car and painted it green.”
Franz Tost, the Team Principal of AlphaTauri, commented on the acquisition of the green Red Bull by Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll, a notable Canadian fashion billionaire, suggesting that the transaction likely involved a significant financial investment, given the parties involved.
Tost stated that the individuals associated with the deal were undoubtedly high-priced. In response to any speculation regarding accusations of impropriety or espionage, Dr. Helmut Marko, a senior advisor for Red Bull, refuted such claims.
“No, not at all,” the top Red Bull official told formel1.de. “It’s not meant to be an accusation either.
“They are only humorous comments because if you look at the grid, the Aston Martin is the car that is most similar to us.”
In response to the recent events surrounding the similarities between the new Aston Martin vehicle and the previous championship-winning Red Bull car, Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack declined to make any statements, citing a desire to avoid engaging in a potential “war of words”.
Meanwhile, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher believed that the Silverstone-based team is not yet prepared to challenge Red Bull for the title.
According to Schumacher, Aston Martin is still adjusting to competing against the leading teams and has much to learn before it can mount a serious challenge.
“It is a relatively young team, and they will still make mistakes, but that does not prevent them from growing. There is certainly potential, but it is still too early for this year,” former F1 driver Schumacher added.
How much does Alonso earn at Aston Martin?
According to reports, Alonso will earn $5 million a season during his time at Aston Martin which means that he will earn a total of $10 million.
Alonso will be hoping that Aston Martin’s pace continues to be as strong as it has been in the initial phase this year. Fans are relishing the idea of the legendary Spaniard being involved in the Title battle one more time.