Fernando Alonso Makes a Bold AlphaTauri Claim About Ferrari F1

Published 10/08/2021, 5:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Ahead of the Turkish GP, the midfield battle lead by McLaren and Ferrari, is having other competitors coming into the mix. While the points remain far-off, teams like Alpine and AlphaTauri have challenged the two rivals. Fernando Alonso, who has been a part of such great battles, shared his insights on the tightening midfield and the competitiveness of the cars.

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Comparing his Alpine machine to the other teams, Alonso stated that AlphaTauri has been highly influential. “AlphaTauri is clearly faster than us with Gasly. Even faster than Ferrari, I would say.” Pierre Gasly has consistently carried the team to Q3 on Saturdays; he has almost always qualified P6. Contrarily, Ferrari has seen its days grappling for a Q3 appearance.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and drivers during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Ferrari and AlphaTauri have often challenged each other this season; however, the Italian team’s experience reflects louder on the constructors’ board.

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Although Alpine currently sits 5th on the chart, Alonso has often called it the 7th fastest car. “Aston Martin is a bit faster depending on the track. So we have the sixth or seventh-fastest car.”

However, it doesn’t stop Ocon and Alonso from chalking up points. “Yet we score points every Sunday. That can only mean that the team does the best it can in the race.”

Fernando Alonso credits the Alpine team

Although Ferrari and Alpha Tauri have the faster car, one seldom hears of strategic problems on Alpine’s end. The double champion and his teammate, Esteban Ocon, have pushed their car to the zenith to get those points that have put them amid the midfield.

Alonso revealed what brings these results. “The preparation is good. No mistakes – from the drivers, from the strategists, during the pit stops, when choosing tires.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso with team members ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix REUTERS/Murad Sezer

However, the dedication grows from many years of unavailing results. Alonso said, “Difficulties make you grow faster.” Further, as the Enstone team continues in its growth, the 2022 season hits the reset button.

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Nonetheless, the Spaniard has great expectations for his team. “Cross your fingers that a competitive car will roll out of the factory in 2022. That’s the only thing missing.”  

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As Alonso continues to command the circuits with his mastery, a competent car next season will only push Alpine further up the ranks.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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