Alonso Admits He Needs More Time to Adjust to Alpine’s Philosophy

Published 05/27/2021, 3:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Fernando Alonso has had a tame season so far. Scoring just five points so far, the Spaniard has struggled since his return, with a P13 finish in Monaco adding to his woes. Although his return hasn’t made the impact he hoped for, he remains positive for the rest of the season. During an interview in Monaco, he revealed the influence of Alpine F1’s philosophy, and his motivation to return this season.

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Fernando Alonso thinks he needs more races to adjust to Alpine

The Spaniard certainly knows his way around F1. In addition, he knows his way around Renault (now Alpine F1) too! Winning back-to-back titles with the French team, Alonso is considered to be one of the greatest drivers to have ever graced the sport.

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However, racing in different forms of motorsport and returning to F1 isn’t as easy as it seems. Although Alonso knows he needs time to settle, he believes that Alpine’s philosophy has a part to play in his current form.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

In an interview with Racer, the Spaniard said, “I think it has something to do with the Renault/Alpine philosophy as well. Most of the drivers that came here, in their first year they were struggling.

“So there is something that, we think we have some idea what the cause of it is, but it needs maybe more time than when I signed last year to come back. I thought that within three or four races I would be at 100%, and I think it’s going to take eight or nine.”

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Alonso reveals his motivation to return to F1 this season

Alonso revealed the new regulations in 2022 as his primary motivation to return to F1. Although the new regulations were postponed by a year, the two-time world champion believes returning in 2022 would have been more difficult.

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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)

The 39-year-old said, “My biggest motivation was the new regulations, but they were postponed, and to come back immediately into 2022 was a bigger challenge, I thought, to adapt quickly to everything.

“That’s the reason, exactly, why I came back this year.”

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With Baku inching closer, Alonso will hope he can return to scoring points. In 2018, despite being plum last after Lap 1, the Spaniard finished P7 with McLaren on this track. Can he finish in the points again, three years later?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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