Aston Martin is currently the ninth-best team in Formula One and a long way from realizing owner Lawrence Stroll’s goals of being World Championship contenders. The driver who is given the seat must understand that this is a medium to long-term undertaking, and success, if it comes, won’t happen for several years.
They are unlikely to be able to entice one of the front-runners away given their current performance. However, Fernando Alonso is a fantastic alternative. The two-time champion has stated that remaining with Alpine for a third season would be his first priority. He might, however, come to believe that taking on the Aston project is worthwhile. They are aware that he will give it his all, as he is doing at Alpine, and that he has the ability to produce some truly remarkable outcomes.
Given that the Australian is fully committed to staying with McLaren for the third year and that Alpine’s backup, Oscar Piastri, is probably viewed as being too inexperienced, they are unlikely to place Daniel Ricciardo high on their list.
Although their backup Nico Hulkenberg is a viable alternative and has performed admirably when thrown into the mix, Stroll wants a big-name acquisition. Mick Schumacher was implied to be Vettel’s first option, essentially opening the door for his student to join a major team, just like Michael Schumacher did for Felipe Massa at Ferrari.
Naturally, Stroll must make that choice. It’s a difficult decision, but the millionaire has time to think about it. For the time being, attention is on Sebastian Vettel, a legend of Formula 1 who excels both on and off the track.