Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso says he is excited about the first race of the 2023 season and his first as he starts a new chapter in his career with the Silverstone-based outfit.

I am excited for the first race of the season with Aston Martin and the start of this new journey. The car felt good across the three days of the Test, but it is only testing and everyone will reveal their true pace this weekend. It is very early days but I think there is a lot of potential to unlock in the car and we will see what we can do here in Bahrain.

“It is great to have Lance back in the car after he missed the Test. His input and experience of the 2022 car is invaluable for us to learn more about this year’s car and hopefully he can get up to speed quickly.”

Lance Stroll, who missed the pre-season test due to injury will be relying of Alonso’s experience and knowledge of the new car this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the race in Bahrain, the Canadian said:

The start of a new season is always interesting and, having missed pre-season testing due to my cycling accident, I am even more excited to get going. The team looked to run well in the test and both Fernando and Felipe were pleased with developments that have been made, so I am hoping we can continue that positive momentum this week and put in a performance that we can feel proud of.

“As we have seen in previous years, the circuit is often windy, sandy and hot, which are tricky conditions to contend with. There are some great opportunities for racing though, and that is what we are all looking forward to after a long winter break.”

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