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The cultural differences Aston Martin expect in Vettel and Alonso

Fernando Alonso joins Aston Martin in 2023, with the team expecting some cultural differences in how he works to Sebastian Vettel.

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Aston Martin Formula 1 boss Mike Krack believes the cultural differences between Sebastian Vettel and replacement Fernando Alonso will be a "big challenge" in 2023.

Vettel called time on his 16 year F1 career at the end of 2022, having claimed 53 race wins and four world titles, and was replaced by old rival Fernando Alonso who jumped ship from Alpine to partner Lance Stroll.

Between them, Vettel and Alonso have 554 Grand Prix starts and although Krack is confident Alonso will seamlessly fit into the Aston operation, did highlight the differences between German Vettel and Spaniard Alonso.

Krack reveals Aston difference

"[It will be] different," Krack responded when asked by media including RacingNews365.com on the prospect of working with Alonso when compared to Vettel.

"They have different backgrounds, one is Latin and the other German and that makes a big difference, but what they have in common is the focus, the focus on improving, the focus on making progress and isolating what makes us progress instead of just being detailed.

"So there are some similarities and some differences."

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Aston won't miss what Vettel can bring

Alonso will partner Lance Stroll at the Aston Martin team next year, and Technical Director Dan Fallows believes that the team have the driver pairing to succeed developmentally.

"I think it is important for the team that we have drivers who from a technical perspective are able to give good feedback, not [just] positive feedback as that's not always the case," added Fallows.

"Good feedback for us is [a driver being] able to describe how they're feeling in the car, and that is very important for us.

"We are very fortunate that Lance [Stroll] is very good in that respect as well.

"I don't think that in Seb leaving, we were missing anything particularly, but we do want to produce a car which is significantly better for next year.

"We want to see that progression and we need to make sure that we have drivers who are able to extract the most out of that.

"Lance is a driver who is able to drive the car, and clearly Fernando has a huge amount of experience and has a proven track record of doing that as well.

"It is a very exciting driver line-up."

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