Having experienced two seasons of midfield running with Alpine, alongside Esteban Ocon whom he shared a turbulent relationship with, Alonso took a chance on Aston Martin after Sebastian Vettel's retirement, and it has paid off for him.
The Spaniard opted to return to McLaren back in 2015, and was unable to score even one podium in four full seasons with the team, as they suffered with poor car performance in the early days of the hybrid era. He then retired in 2018, before making a stunning return with Alpine.
“For me Aston Martin was a pleasant surprise," Alonso said in an interview with GQ.
"We fought for the podium in this first half of the season and I am very happy with this.
"It was nice to understand that, after some disappointing changes, this time the team change paid off.
"I would like to achieve my 33rd victory in Formula 1, it would be really nice to do it."
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