Fernando Alonso Believes Comparisons of His F1 Struggles With Daniel Ricciardo is Unfair

Published 06/06/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


It was evident that Fernando Alonso was not having a pleasant time on his return to F1. However, after having a tough start to the season the two-time world champion has finally found his feet in the Alpine car.

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For the first time, the Spaniard got into Q3 in Baku and also secured his best starting position of the season – P8. It is also the first qualifying duel to be won against his teammate Esteban Ocon after Bahrain Grand Prix.

Another driver who had a bad start to the season is Daniel Ricciardo, who is yet to meet expectations in his McLaren overalls. The man from down under has failed to make it into Q3 in Baku and has struggled to match his younger teammate Lando Norris for pace in the five races. Moreover, at the end of Q2, he crashed his car into the wall in Turn 3.

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There have been several comparisons between him and the Spaniard, which doesn’t sit well with Alonso.

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What did Fernando Alonso say about comparisons with Ricciardo?

“I feel better and better. There have been some clear improvements, even if public opinion may be different.

“I was also not unhappy with a few other races that were considered very bad by many,” said Fernando Alonso. He cited Barcelona as an example, where the one-stop strategy didn’t work out, but he had the same pace as his teammate. Or Monaco, where he finished four places behind Esteban Ocon with merely a few seconds separating two drivers.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea.

“It was always said that I had big problems,” said the two-time world champion, and considers the comparison with other drivers like Daniel Ricciardo unfair.“There is a huge difference between these problems and mine.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can the two-time champion exhibit a convincing performance at Azerbaijan Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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