Aston Martin is outraged with rumours of Fernando Alonso replacing Sebastian Vettel.

The driver lineups for next season are slowly being confirmed by every team. Most drivers have already signed extensions, while some others are looking to land a new seat. As it stands, Alfa Romeo and Williams are the only teams with vacant seats. Rumours, meanwhile, added Aston Martin to that list.

Earlier, Aston Martin Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said the team was very happy with Vettel. However some reports stated that team owner Lawrence Stroll held talks with Alonso to offer him Vettel’s seat. Aston Martin was outraged with these rumours, and slammed them.

As reported by Auto Und Motor Sport, an Aston Martin spokesperson said, “Lawrence Stroll did not offer a drive to Fernando Alonso, as has been reported in some media.

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Sebastian Vettel (pictured) was the subject of rumours in the media. Source: autosport.com

“Lawrence had lunch with Flavio Briatore (Alonso’s manager) in Sardinia during the summer break. He and Flavio are friends. They have lunch together in Sardinia many times over many years. It was a social occasion, nothing more.”

Full support

Szafnauer was also quick to back the German driver, saying, “We have a one-plus-one contract (with Vettel).

“It stipulates certain dates that we have to decide on. The deadline has not yet been reached. There is a time window in which we want to sit down. That is not far away.

“We like Sebastian and he likes us. Now we have to talk about how it should go next year,” Szafnauer concluded.

The driver himself was also asked in the wake of these rumours if he was happy with Aston Martin. He was also asked if he would like to continue with the team next season, to which he answered in the affirmative.

“Yes, I think so,” Vettel said.

“I’m not following the driver’s market that much now. As far as my position is concerned, everything is clear so far,” he assured.

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