There’s so much intrigue ahead of this season but surely among the most fascinating surrounds the prospects of the two veteran multiple champions Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel and how they might answer the question marks around them. Alonso comes into the season with Alpine at 39 years old having been out of F1 for two years. His last grand prix victory was eight years ago. Thirty-three-year-old Vettel arrives at his new Aston Martin team having been dropped by Ferrari and off the back of a disastrous season when he was thoroughly outperformed by his younger team-mate Charles Leclerc. Formula 1 is back: Sky F1 TV times for Bahrain GP opener Their careers are somewhat intertwined – Vettel was recruited by Ferrari as Alonso’s replacement, rather catching out Alonso, who was negotiating unaware that the team was deliberately slowing the process in order to find out whether or not Vettel’s release clause from Red Bull would be triggered. In the end it was, of course, and Alonso began his fruitless second spell at McLaren. The man who recruited both Alonso and Vettel to Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, later recalled: “Fernando was a fantastic driver, maybe even the best. But in… Read full this story
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