Fernando Alonso Apparently the First F1 Driver to Master the Famed Turn 3 of Zandvoort

Published 09/05/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


F1 is racing on the new layout at the Zandvoort circuit for the first time. They have returned to the circuit after a gap of 36 years and compared the track to a ‘rollercoaster ride’. The newly banked corners at Turn 3 and Turn 13 have caught the attention of many teams as many drivers have found Turn 3 to be particularly tricky. But it is being reported that Fernando Alonso was the first driver to master the corner.

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Reportedly, one team has analyzed all the drivers and how they deal with Turn 3. They found out that Alpine driver Alonso was the first driver to take the faster line.

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The Alpine driver wary of the drivers starting outside the top-10 in the race

As reported by Autosport, the two-time world champion qualified in P9 for the Dutch Grand Prix. He will start on the softer compound of tires on Sunday. But he stated that there might be some surprises in strategies as drivers outside the top-10 will start on harder tires.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 3, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

“Those guys, they will have a free choice of tire, and maybe they get to benefit a little bit in strategy because it is a race that we never did more than 15 or 20 laps on the tires [in practice],” said the Alpine driver.

“It is going to be the very first time that we put the real stress on the strategy. So we can see surprises, and maybe we get hurt by that,” said Alonso.

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Alonso is confident that there will be chaos at the start of the race and the chances of a safety car in the race are quite high. He mentioned that you have to alert if you want pit under the safety car.

“But I think there are high possibilities of safety cars, as we saw on the weekend, with yellow flags, safety cars, red flags. So you need to be lucky as well.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“Maybe there’s a safety car at the moment that you plan to do your pit-stop, and you do it for free. Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe you do a stop and three laps later there is a safety car, and other people take it for free, and they overtake you because they save the time.

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So that’s something that is random, and we will not be able to control that. But let’s see.” said Alonso.

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Alonso will be hoping to make one of his trademark starts on Sunday. He would like to gain some positions early in the race.

Can Alonso get into into Top-5? 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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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