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Stroll welcomes 'push' from teammate Alonso at Aston Martin

With Fernando Alonso joining Aston Martin for the 2023 season, Lance Stroll is hopeful that both he and the team can benefit from the Spaniard's arrival.

Lance Stroll has welcomed the prospect of being "pushed" by new teammate Fernando Alonso. Two-time World Champion Alonso joins Aston Martin for the 2023 F1 season off the back of an extensive career in the sport, having raced for the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine. While Alonso has become known for taking a determined approach – which has sometimes being associated with internal issues at certain teams he has driven for – Stroll believes that the Spaniard's arrival will have a positive impact on both himself and the wider squad.

Stroll on Alonso's arrival

"It's no fun when you're just kind of driving around with no one pushing you," Stroll told Motorsport.com . "I think what you want in a teammate is a guy that is at the top of his game. It means that when you get more out of it than him, you're really at the top of your game, and vice versa. "When you're not getting the most out of it, it's not that you can just sit back and relax. You've got to try and work harder. "I think that's what you want from the team at the end of the day, and also for them to know if you guys are pushing each other and always getting everything out of the car and the package."

The impact of Alonso's experience

Stroll – who will enter into his seventh season in Formula 1 in 2023, and his fifth with the Aston Martin outfit – did not know Alonso well before the 41-year-old joined the team, but admits that he has enjoyed getting to learn from his experience so far. "We've spent some time together, just chatting and stuff on drivers parades and all that," Stroll explained. "He's a nice guy and he's a great driver, a big talent. "It's always interesting and exciting when someone like him, or like Seb [Vettel], comes to the team and has different ideas, or drives in a different way, and maybe wants different things in the car. "It's always interesting to hear what guys with that kind of experience have to say. In that sense, I'm definitely looking forward to having him in the team and working with him."

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