Bahrain GP: Fernando Alonso Claims Alpine F1 Have ‘Something in the Pocket’ After Average Run

Published 03/27/2021, 4:20 AM EDT
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

Fernando Alonso returned to F1 with the newly rebranded Alpine team for the 2021 season. The Spaniard thinks the team has some tricks up its sleeve for the upcoming race.


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The two-time world champion joined the French-based outfit when Daniel Ricciardo left for McLaren. Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon on the grid on his return to F1.

Alpine may not have got onto a great start during the first practice session, as Ocon finished 15th and his teammate Alonso came 16th. While in session to Ocon took 11th and Alonso came 15th.


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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Fernando Alonso says that Alpine has more to offer on race day

The 39-year-old stated that the team did show its true potential in Bahrain but has faith that when qualifying begins on Saturday, the car will have will reveal its true pace and Alonso is convinced it will do an outstanding job.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team looks on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

He said, “Well I think we have something in the pocket to be honest because the balance is different to the test. So we are working around the set-up to fine-tune the balance and I think we have good ideas for tomorrow so I’m confident we can do a good job.”

The Spaniard considers himself to be better than the rest of the grid

The current F1 grid has some of the most talented drivers, seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, Vettel who has won four championships, but Alonso thinks he is better than them.

In an interview with BBC as quoted by PlanetF1, he said, “There are some young, talented guys who have been showing great performance in the junior categories and then we still have the champions.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“They were here two years ago with Lewis, Sebastian, Kimi, Verstappen, even if he is one of the younger generation. He has raced at the top level for four or five years. I think we have a very competitive grid and it will be a challenge to beat everyone on track.”


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Alonso has been out of the sport since 2018 and being asked if he was as good as them, he replied,” No, I’m better.”

Can Alonso help Alpine get in front of the grid on his return to the sport? What are your expectations from the two-time world champion as he prepares himself for the upcoming championship? 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.