Aston Martin Re-Signs Fernando Alonso, Questions Remain Regarding Stroll

April 11, 2024Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Aston Martin has made the decision to re-sign Fernando Alonso to a remain with the team until 2026. Its clear Alonso feels he has unfinished business and can still compete at the top level of racing in the world. Alonso had previously found himself without a contract beyond the end of this season. However, time and time again he has shown that he is still a top 5 driver on the grid in his 20th season in Formula 1.

The in house dilemma for Aston Martin is whether Lance Stroll, team owner Lawrence Stroll’s son, should still retain his seat. It’s no surprise that a former champion like Alonso has out performed Lance Stroll. However, in terms of the future of the team Aston Martin needs to start asking whether Lance Stroll is still a positive investment. With Aston martin emerging as a title contender in 2023 and making a run for the same finish in 2024. Question will be raised as to whether Stroll is the right man for the job. Its no secret that he has his current seat because of his fathers purchase of the team. That is not to say that he doesn’t deserve to be in Formula 1.

Stroll has shown moments of brilliance during his tenure in Formula 1. However, Stroll has only secured two podiums in his 8 year tenure in Formula 1. His top finish came last year where he placed 10th. Unfortunately 10th place isn’t enough to content for a world title in the constructors. Lawrence Stroll has made it clear that he has a dream to win championships but he may need to look elsewhere for talent if that is to become a reality. Currently Lance Stroll sits 10th in the championship after four races. It may be time for Aston Martin to reassess their situation.

Does Lance Stroll have what it takes to become a top level driver in Formula 1? Possibly but in his 8th season his progress has not bee than reminiscent of a future champion. If Aston can turn things around maybe the discussion will be different int he second half of the season.