Fernando Alonso has indicated that he believes his time at Ferrari was a better 'fit' than any of the other teams he has driven for in Formula 1.
Alonso enjoyed a strong season in 2023, scoring eight podiums for his new Aston Martin team and finishing fourth in the Drivers' - his best showing since finishing runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in 2013.
Aston is the sixth team of Alonso's long career, with two stints at Renault, two at McLaren, Minardi and Ferrari and with a further spell at Alpine, after it was rebadged from Renault.
During his time at Ferrari between 2010-2014, Alonso finished runner-up in the championship to Vettel three times, including missing out in final race deciders in both 2010 and 2012, and the Spanish driver pointed to this time as the best 'fit' of his career - which is set to reach 400 starts in 2024.
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Alonso on Aston Martin 'fit'
"It has been a good fit," Alonso told media including RacingNews365.
"The team is very young, very motivated and ready to embrace the chapter in the project.
"After Lawrence's arrived, everyone is just all in on this ambitious project.
"I'm happy when everyone is just dedicated to one mission, dedicated to win and focus on racing.
"But I don't know if it is the best or not in my career in terms of fit.
"I remember Ferrari, and being Spanish, and they are Italians, it was a very nice experience for me.
"It is probably different to Alpine for sure.
"This team is very focused on winning and racing for the next few years. That doesn't mean we don't want to sell cars as that will help the project, but the first priority is win in Formula 1, and then the rest will unfold naturally."