2021 F1 Testing: Fernando Alonso Confirms Unfinished Business Behind Alpine F1 Return

Published 03/13/2021, 4:25 AM CST
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Fernando Alonso left the grid back in 2018 when he was driving for McLaren. In last season, he scored 50 points and finished 11th in the driver’s championship. The Spaniard has won two world championships, and yet, he is still hungry for F1 and believes he has certain things yet to achieve in the sport.

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When Renault was becoming Alpine in 2021 and Daniel Ricciardo was leaving for McLaren, the French team wanted to be reunited with the 39-year-old in their new chapter in the sport.

Alonso’s time away from the grid saw him compete in Le Mans and IndyCar, but thinks that there are certain checkboxes that need to be ticked off as he prepares for the 2021 F1 season.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Renault Sport F1 poses for a photo with his 2005 F1 title winning Renault R25 and members of the Renault team from the same year during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso think there are challenges in F1 that are yet to be accomplished

In the first driver’s press conference of the 2021 season, Alonso said, “I had to make a decision on what was the next challenge after Le Mans, Indy, all the things that I tried and I thought being at my best now, maybe Formula One was the best place and I have time to rethink some of the challenges that they were not completed.”

Alonso added, “So, that’s the main thing I felt that I had something to do here again, to win races, to win championships, I think you need a few more things than just your motivation or your beliefs, you need the package, you need luck, you need the momentum.

“It is something that we want to build with the new Alpine name.”

The Spaniard will continue despite his injury

Earlier this year, Alonso had an accident while riding his bike in Switzerland. He had fractured his jaw and needed surgery, which led to questions about his ability to compete in the upcoming season. However, the Spaniard says he is okay and is excited to get back on the track.

Alonso said, “Yeah, I’m fine. I’m happy to be here, back in the paddock and back in the sport first of all.

“After the accident four weeks ago I had like ten days to relax at home and after the surgery I had to relax a little bit. After nine, ten days I went back to a very normal routine on fitness, preparation.”

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Alonso will team up with French driver, Esteban Ocon for the 2021 season. The two talented drivers will be responsible for making sure that Alpine has success in their debut season after their rebranding.

What do you expect from Alonso on his return to the grid?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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