Fernando Alonso said he was confident his future F1 team Aston Martin could finish ahead of their current team, Alpine, next season despite being more than 100 points behind them this year.

Alonso replaces retiring four-time champion Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin after a two-year stint with Renault-owned Alpine, which returned him to the starting grid in 2021 after two seasons.

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“100 per cent,” the 41-year-old Spaniard told reporters when asked if he thought a Mercedes-powered Aston Martin could make a difference after finishing behind the French team this year and last.

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“Aston Martin is not here to finish fifth, sixth or fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. They are here to win the World Cup and that is what we will try to do in 2023 and 2024,” he said. Grand Prix of Sao Paulo.

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In August, the two-time world champion signed a multi-year contract with a team from Silverstone.

Over two races, Aston Martin is battling Alfa Romeo, Haas and AlphaTauri for sixth in the 10-team Constructors’ Championship, while Alpine is battling to stay ahead of McLaren in fourth place.

Alonso said that for Alpine, the victory over McLaren was an occasion to “see the checkered flag” – something that didn’t happen to him as often as he would have liked after five retirements, including the last race in Mexico.

However, he said he was pleased with his two years with the French automaker, which led him to two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, and was very grateful for the chance he was given to return to F1.

Alonso has previously said he feels more wanted by Aston Martin than by his current employers.