Fernando Alonso “Aware” of Alpine’s Painful Reality Says Ex F1 Champion Prost

Published 04/05/2021, 6:06 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 has returned to the F1 grid after nearly two years. The two-time world champion will drive for Alpine in 2021. However, Alain Prost thinks that even though Alonso is confident in his driving skills but he knows the harsh reality of not being able to win races on a consistent basis in 2021.

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The Spanish driver’s return didn’t go as planned as just after just 32 laps around the circuit in Bahrain. He had to retire due to brake issues. His French teammate, Esteban Ocon failed to score some points for the team as he saw the chequered flag in 13th place.

Alonso will be hoping the Italian Grand Prix in Imola will be better. He aims to have a better result and score his first points in F1 since returning to the sport and help Alpine make an impact in the championship.

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Team adviser, Prost thinks Fernando Alonso is realistic for the 2021 season

Ex-Formula One driver and world champion, Alain Prost said,

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

Prost added, (translated from French via Google)

Alonso happy to be back but disappointed with his retirement in Bahrain

The Spaniard’s night ended in Bahrain because of some issues in his braking system. However, he was happy to be fighting back on the track with the other drivers. He said, “Firstly, it was great to be back racing in Formula 1. The start was fun, we gained some places and I had some enjoyable battles with old colleagues. However, it was disappointing to not see the chequered flag in the end.”

Alonso added, “Looking at the race it was very close in the midfield, and just a couple of tenths seems to change the order quite significantly. I think it’s going to be a very interesting and competitive season to watch. We’ll go again and fight hard in Imola.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Alpine will hope that can score some points for the constructor’s championship in the next round in the season. Can Alonso prove that age is just a number and surprise everyone with some wins and podiums? We will just have to wait and find out.

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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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