Fernando Alonso Comments on the Possibility of Breaking the Verstappen-Hamilton f1 Duopoly

Published 11/22/2021, 6:55 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Third placed Alpine’s Fernando Alonso celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool


The Qatar Grand Prix was an exciting race. Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag, beating his arch-rival Max Verstappen. But seeing Fernando Alonso back on the podium was adored by the Formula One community.

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The Spaniard was starting the race in third place, as both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were given grid penalties. Seeing that next year there will be a level playing field, Alonso doesn’t dismiss the idea of fighting for the title against Hamilton and Verstappen.

Fernando Alonso thinks he can put up a title fight in 2022

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Many had thought that the 2-time world champion will struggle when he made a return to Formula One this year. However, the Alpine driver has proven his doubters wrong after taking third place at the Qatar Grand Prix.

He said, “Well, it’s difficult to predict what is going to happen in the next few years but yeah, I would love to be in the fight with them and whoever makes a good car next year I think it’s a reset for everybody and it’s up to us to produce a fast car.”

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed Alpine’s Fernando Alonso REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

It’s not like this year, which was a continuation of the last campaign but in 2022 everyone has the same cards so we need to play smarter and hopefully produce a fast car and if we are in that position I feel strong, I feel ready to take the battle and let’s see,” Alonso concluded.

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Can Alonso repeat his performance in Saudi Arabia?

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The Alpine driver had brought his A-game to the Losail International Circuit this weekend. In Saturday’s qualifying session, he was the fifth-fastest driver of the session.

Additionally, things got even better for the 40-year-old, as Bottas and Verstappen were given grid penalties. This meant Alonso could see the five-red lights from third on the grid in Sunday’s race.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The Spanish driver drove brilliantly and brought the Enstone-based team their second podium of the season. With a week off from F1, Alonso would aim to do the same at the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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