Alpine F1 Director Sees THIS Michael Schumacher Trait in Fernando Alonso

Published 08/16/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
GROSSETO, ITALY – Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari looks on after racing an Italian Air Force fighter, Eurofighter Typhoon at runway AFB, home of 4th Fighter Wing of the Italian Air Force, at Grosseto Airport in Italy. They performed acceleration runs on distances between 500 and 1,500 meters. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)


Fernando Alonso has been earning praise from everyone for his performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The two-time world champion held off a charging Hamilton to ensure that his teammate, Esteban Ocon, won the race. The drive to come home P4 is being touted as one of the best of his career in F1.

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Alpine F1 executive director Marcin Budkowski has compared the Spaniard to the great Michael Schumacher. Budkowski stated Alonso is just as meticulous as Schumacher in his work.

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He reminds me a little of Michael Schumacher: Marcin Budkowski

As reported by Speedweek, the work put in by Alonso in his comeback season has impressed the Alpine executive director. He mentioned the one trait of the Alpine driver, which reminded him of Michael Schumacher.

“I’ve worked with a number of drivers in Formula 1 in a good twenty years and he’s extremely impressive,” said Budkowski.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“He reminds me a little of Michael Schumacher. To be honest, when I was at Ferrari, he was the measure of all things when it comes to the professionalism and meticulousness of his way of working. I see this trait in Fernando too,” Budkowski continues.

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Fernando Alonso has left Alpine F1 Executive Director amazed

Marcin Budkowski mentioned that Alonso’s performance in Hungary left him amazed. He stated that all the data suggested Lewis would pass Alonso easily, but the defense of Alonso proved the data wrong.

The two-time world champion put on a stern drive to hold off the Mercedes driver for more than 10 laps. The defense from the Spaniard enabled Ocon to pull out a gap to avoid the attack from Lewis late in the race.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates with teammate Fernando Alonso after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“It’s almost unbelievable. We are at the pit wall, have all the data, and have a full overview of the race. He’s in the car and drives at full pace, and he has almost the same analysis of the race as we do, although he doesn’t have nearly as much data or the ability to retreat. “ said Marcin.

“That’s what impresses me the most. I think it’s because of his experience in Formula 1. But there aren’t many drivers, even with twenty years of experience, who would be able to,” concluded Budkowski.

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Alonso is currently sitting on P11 in the drivers’ standings just one point behind his teammate Ocon.

Can Alonso continue his impressive run in the second half of 2021? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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