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Alonso slams 'annoying' theories over F1 driver market drama

Fernando Alonso has flatly denied that he, Mark Webber and Flavio Briatore colluded to sabotage Alpine's 2023 driver line-up.

Fernando Alonso has dismissedclaims that his impending move to Aston Martin for 2023 was part of aconspiracy to inconvenience Alpine. Despite seeming set to sign acontract extension with Alpine for 2023, Alonso took many in the F1 paddock bysurprise earlier this month when it was announced that he would instead bemoving to Aston Martin to replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel. Alpine then moved swiftly to promote reserve driver Oscar Piastrito a race seat, replacing the Spaniard. However,just two hours after Alpine's statement confirming Piastri, the Australian released a statementof his own saying that he would not be driving for Alpine in 2023. Piastri is now being heavily linked with a seat at McLaren for2023, and with the Australian being managed by ex-F1 racer Mark Webber – with whomAlonso shares a good rapport – there had been suggestions that Alonso and hismanager Flavio Briatore had manipulated the situation to sabotage Alpine.

Alonso upset by "conspiracy" stories

Asked whether this was the case, Alonsoissued a firm denial, saying that Aston Martin had contacted him when Vettelannounced his retirement. "Not at all. I read that in thefirst days and honestly it was quite sad and annoying to read that conspiracy,because I made this decision," Alonso said in response to a question from RacingNews365.com . "For some months, I had been chatting with the team aboutextending the contract, but nothing officially arrived and nothing officiallyhappened, and Aston called me after Sebastian retired. "If Sebastian had continued, thiswould probably not have happened, the move to Aston. "There were very clear and veryeasy decisions from my side, and what happened after and what is happening withOscar, is completely not my thing."

Alonso: Alpine will always be in my heart

The Spaniard also paid tribute to Alpine, with whom he won his two World Championships in 2005 and 2006 when the team was badged as Renault. "Oscar is an incredible talent for any team, for Alpine," said Alonso. "I've been working with him for now two years and I wish him the best and also the best for Alpine, because it's going to be my team this year, but it's going to be my team always in my heart, because we achieved things that were unthinkable when we started the relationship. "I came back to the sport also thanks to Alpine, so I only wish the best for them, and those comments that I read were sad to read."

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