Alpine ‘Investigating’ Monaco Qualifying Setback: Fernando Alonso

Published 05/23/2021, 3:52 AM CDT
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


After starting the season in seemingly poor form, Alpine had started to show signs of improvement in Spain and Portugal. However, they have regressed at the ongoing Monaco Grand Prix, and the two-time world champion driver Fernando Alonso wants to know why.

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A disappointed Alonso would start his race from 17th place on the grid while his French teammate, Esteban Ocon, will start in 11th.

Fernando Alonso feels they need to investigate their performance

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As quoted by Autosport, Alonso said, “There’s still some question marks I think for the team to find out. I think in Portugal and Barcelona we were definitely progressing and being quite competitive while here we were quite down on the times.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“So it’s still a little bit under investigation,” Alonso concluded.

The Spaniard feels there was a lack of pace at Monte Carlo

The two-time world champion didn’t make it past Q1 and feels the lack of pace in the car was the reason he got knocked out in the first quali session.

Alonso said, “I think the whole weekend we’ve been struggling a little bit with the pace. We were expecting more from Monaco on our package, but we didn’t deliver.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“The race is going to be difficult starting at the back, no doubt. But let’s see what we can do,” he concluded.

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It might be tough getting ahead in Monaco as it is one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar; not only are its narrow roads unforgiving, but they do not give opportunities to overtake either.

But do you think Alonso will extract the pace from his car and help Alpine score some points this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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