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Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, leads Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19
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How Alonso took the challenge to Red Bull and enlivened F1 2023

The evergreen Fernando Alonso helped ensure there was often a ‘show’ for fans to relish in 2023 while Red Bull went about its business of domination. Here's how both he and Aston Martin became the year's surprise challengers in Formula 1

Formula 1 fans really ought to thank Fernando Alonso. After all, consider how even duller the campaign that’s just concluded might have been without his many battling drives behind the dominant Red Bulls. Or indeed, those times when he eclipsed Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez

Alonso began the year as one of the stories to watch, as he joined a fifth different F1 team of his storied career and made yet another new start, this time at Aston Martin. The team was the dark horse of winter testing thanks to the refinements to a car that had been dubbed a ‘green Red Bull’ following its many in-season changes early in 2022. The updates left Alonso delighted with the car’s predictable handling balance.

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