Fernando Alonso: Ferrari Should Be Worried if Alpine Emerge as Main F1 Rival

Published 04/05/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


One heartwarming highlight of the Bahrain season opener was when Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz were in a three-way battle. The Alpine driver was having an impressive race till a cheeky sandwich wrapper in the brake duct resulted in his forced retirement. Alpine F1 is looking to be a competitive mid-field team.

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Alonso opened up about battling with Ferrari and fellow Spaniard, Carlos Sainz.

“I think Ferrari this year will make a step forward because of their resources and history. I don’t think we will fight with them – if so, it would be bad news for them.”

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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

“I’m really happy for him [Carlos Sainz] but not surprised as we all saw his growth in these last couple of years,” he added. I think that with Carlos [Sainz] and Leclerc, Ferrari have a strong line-up. So we will see if Ferrari will grow and fight for podiums and victories,” said the F1 veteran.

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Fernando Alonso waiting for the 2022 season

While Alpine F1 is not expected to win many races this season, former Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes Alpine have not unleashed their potential yet.

Moreover, the team and Fernando Alonso believe that the 2022 regulations will make things more interesting and give them better chances of winning championships and getting on the podium.

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“I don’t have a road map to win again this season. In 2018, I was already conscious that maybe with the new regulations in 2021 I could come back. The Endurance Championship and Daytona went well,” said Alonso.

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

“Then with the coronavirus, the new regulations have been delayed to 2022 and I found myself not knowing what to do this year. “Everyone wants to win. Winning the Championship next year is a dream we all have, but we have to wait and see. Let’s cross our fingers.”

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Like a tiger on the prowl, Fernando Alonso has tasted the speed of Formula 1 once again and is waiting to jump on the podium. Compared to this season, 2022 will provide better chances of winning for Alonso and Alpine F1.

However, this season will be important for the pair to get in sync and start the next season on a front foot. How do you think Alonso will perform this season? Will we see him on the podium or will we have to wait till 2022?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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