Fernando Alonso Not Setting a “Time Limit” on Third F1 World Championship With Alpine

Published 04/07/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alpine’s Fernando Alonso arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Fernando Alonso has returned to Formula One with Alpine after a two-year hiatus from the sport. While he is willing hard to achieve the targets he has set for himself, he has not set a time limit for achieving those goals.

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In the qualifying session on Saturday, many assumed that Alonso won’t have the pace anymore. Given that he had not been behind the wheel of an F1 car in two years, most believed that he wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, the Spaniard made it into Q3 and qualified ninth for Sunday’s race.

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

The dream comeback didn’t go as planned as just after 32 laps around the circuit, Alonso had to retire due to brake issues. Now he keeps his eye on the next race of the season, which is in Imola.

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Fernando Alonso doesn’t look at the clock while setting his ambitions

In an interview with Sky Sports as quoted by PlanetF1. Alonso said, “It is a difficult goal for one to mark it. Formula 1, and sport in general, is not exact mathematics since you cannot plan what is going to happen. You just try to make your trip as fun as possible.”

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

The Spanish driver added,  “At the same time, you work hard to achieve the results and to fulfil those dreams you have in your head. I try to make this comeback a good attempt to win races and be as competitive as possible, but not with a clear objective or a time limit to achieve things.”

Alonso thinks that Alpine can’t compete against Ferrari

The Maranello-based team didn’t have the best of seasons last year. The team finished 6th in the standings and only scored 131 points. However, Alonso thinks that it would difficult to fight against them this year due to the resources Ferrari have.

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Speaking to Sky Sports Italia as quoted by PlanetF1, he said, “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.”

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

Now Alpine and Alonso set their eyes on the Italian Grand Prix coming in a few week’s time. The French-based team hopes they can score some points and make an impact in the constructor’s standings.

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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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