Fernando Alonso: No ‘Clear Target’ With Alpine F1 Comeback

Published 03/26/2021, 2:46 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 is just hours away from finally kicking off his first full-time F1 season since 2018. And amid his sensational comeback to the racing series, one might be aching to hear the goals he has set for his upcoming stint with Alpine Racing.

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However, there’s a twist in the tale; Alonso is not looking keen on setting personal goals this time around. Instead, he is focused on carrying the French-outfit through the crucial transition phase after being renamed from Renault.

What did Fernando Alonso say?

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During the press conference in Bahrain ahead of the race weekend, Alonso opened up on the targets he is looking to achieve in 2021.

I don’t have a clear target on what I want to achieve on this comeback,” Alonso said

The target in terms of results, what I want to do is testing myself and try to help the team in this important moment of this transition from Renault to Alpine and the great future that I think this team has for the next coming years and the new set of regulations.

Alpine is a subsidiary of the French giants, Renault, and usually takes up the role of a performance brand. Although they are still related to Renault and still run with the same engine, there has been a substantial shake-up within the team, including a new boss in Laurent Rossi.

Hence, Alonso, being one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, will play a handy role in steering the team through potential ups and downs.

Only one becomes champion: Alonso

The Spaniard indicated that he might not be in a position to win a championship title this season or anywhere in the near future.

You know, I’m here to help the team with the experience or with the knowledge that I may accumulate in the years and try to build momentum into the team that carry on from 2022 and the future,” he said.

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

So, we all love to win. But there is only one that can do that every Sunday. And at the end of the year, only one becomes champion. So that’s a very difficult target to set.”

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Despite the early blues Alpine suffered during the pre-season testing earlier this month, Alonso has looked rather solid throughout. Hence, his form could be a wake-up call to the rival teams, McLaren and Aston Martin.

With a decent car from Alpine, Alonso could be uncatchable. Overall, against the odds, will Alonso be able to grab onto a championship trophy in his upcoming F1 stint?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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