F1 Engineers Mustn’t Get Offended by Fernando Alonso’s Criticism: Alpine

Published 04/17/2021, 11:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Fernando Alonso was in Formula 1 for 18 years before he retired at the end of 2018. However, the two-time world champion recently came out of his retirement and has joined Alpine F1 for a new stint in the sport in 2021. Over the last two years, the Spaniard has become an even more mature and experienced driver.

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He explored the motor sporting world and won the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also took part in the IndyCar Series and Dakar Rally. In a recent interview, Alpine’s technical director, Marcin Budkowski, talked about what Alonso brings to the team.

He explained, “If you have an experienced pilot like Fernando, then of course you benefit. His feedback is excellent and his statements precise. It is no surprise that he was up to speed straight away. He already tested a lot last year.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“Drivers like Fernando know exactly what to expect from the car, how to make it faster and where its limits are. The engineers shouldn’t take this as a criticism of their work. They have to be happy about drivers like Fernando who tells them: If you solve the problem, I can drive faster.”

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Fernando Alonso was excited to feel the Formula 1 speed once again. However, the Spaniard had to retire from the Bahrain GP due to a brake duct issue. After the free practice at Imola, Alonso said he was happy with the progress and was ready to take the weekend head-on.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I’m happy. Happy with the progress, all the new parts seem to work, we need to make further analysis but we are quite optimistic that they make a step forward in terms of performance, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow,” he stated.

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Alpine F1 comes to Imola with an updated aero package and Alonso was optimistic after finishing their practice program at Imola. The Spaniard will hope to get his first points on board in Imola and build on it through the season. Do you think Alonso will claim his first points this weekend?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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