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Fernando Alonso

Alonso reflects on 'dream' start to season

The Spaniard did not expect to be a regular podium finisher when he joined Aston Martin.

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Fernando Alonso has branded the first half of his 2023 Formula 1 season as a "dream" after achieving six podiums in 12 races.

Aston Martin surprised the grid with its performance at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix after achieving a podium on merit with Alonso and sixth place for Lance Stroll.

Only a year prior the team finished 12th and 17th with Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg, showing its improvement towards the end of 2022 and across the winter break.

Alonso would go on to take podiums at Saudi Arabia, Australia, Miami, Canada and come close to a race win at Monaco.

Asked to sum up the season so far by media, including RacingNews365, the two-time champion replied: "Incredible. Dream first half of the season.

"We are P3 in the Constructors championship in front of Ferrari and we are P3 in the Drivers' Championship together with Lewis [Hamilton]. It was impossible to think this way in Bahrain."

Alonso: Would be nice to have crystal ball before switching teams

Heading into the summer break last season, Alonso made the bombshell announcement that he would be joining Aston Martin and leaving Alpine.

The Spaniard has often landed in worse situations when switching teams in his career and added: "It would be nice to have a crystal ball before you make a decision in switching teams [where] you know the future.

"But in the end, I'm happy with where I am and there is a project here into the future and I'm very proud."

Alpine has now undergone a mass overhaul of its top management, after dismissing along with Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer and long-time Sporting Director Alan Permane as well as removing Laurent Rossi as CEO.

When asked if he is surprised with what is happening at his former team, Alonso remarked: "Not too much."

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