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Fernando Alonso's switch to Aston Martin shook the F1 world, with his move to a team currently 9th in the standings already being described as another poor career choice.

However, the details of Alonso's Aston Martin contract go a long way in explaining his decision, as the terms offered by the Silverstone-based team are incredibly favourable to the Spaniard. 

According to the Spanish outlet AS.com, Alonso's contract with Aston Martin is a two-year deal with the option to extend into a third.

In addition to this, the Double World Champion has the freedom to leave the team via exit clauses if performances are not satisfactory.

Whilst Alonso hoped to continue in F1 with Alpine, the contracts offered by team Enstone were dignified retirement plans, as his days at the French squad would be numbered.

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At Aston Martin, he is the priority. If Lawernce Stroll's ambitious project shows any promise or potential, Alonso will have the luxury to continue for however long he chooses.

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The British squad has no academy, so Alonso can spend the next few seasons driving at a team fully committed to providing him with capable machinery. 

Alonso has expressed how much he is currently enjoying racing, and Aston Martin gives him the possibility to end or continue his F1 career on his terms.

Aston is evidently a few steps behind Alpine, but they are within just a few tenths of making significant progress up the midfield and have shown glimpses of pace in Hungary, France and Baku. 

These green patches are still far below Alpine's overall performance this season, so there is still plenty of work to be done.

Still, Alonso can now fully devote himself to a project where there is no concern of being replaced or serving as a placeholder for young talent. 

The Spaniard has known both Lawrence and Lance Stroll for several years, and given his generally icy relationship with Otmar Szafnauer, this will be a welcome change in environment. 

Ultimately, there is no denying this is a gamble for Alonso, but this contract gives him tremendous security and flexibility.

Aston Martin's F1 journey has been disappointing so far, but they can still excel and make quick progress. In a scenario where Stroll's investment into the team is rewarded, Alonso can take advantage.