Fernando Alonso Not Writing Off 2021 F1 Season With Alpine Just Yet

Published 03/04/2021, 5:30 AM EST
SPA, BELGIUM – Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda talks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


The 2021 F1 season promises a lot more excitement and closer racing than its previous editions. Amongst the drivers entering the sport this season, everyone will be keen to look at veteran Fernando Alonso.

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Whilst the 2021 regulations are important, drivers and teams may look to switch their focus to 2022, when even bigger regulation changes will come into effect. But seemingly, the newly recruited Alpine F1 Racing driver is not one among those.

Speaking in a Q&A session, and as quoted by PlanetF1, Alonso stated, “Putting it simply, no. As soon as there is competition, a race weekend, a qualifying lap, a race start, and a championship to fight for, your focus is in that moment and you have to deliver there and then.”

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Will be nice to take 2021 as a building block, said Fernando Alonso

“I think 99% of people in the sport are looking forward [to the new rules] and I’m one of those. I really hope the new cars and rules make the sport better and more unpredictable.”

With the budget cap and aero tweaks alongside development on their respective power units, F1 teams’ progress will be measured when testing in Bahrain gets underway. For Alpine, Alonso will act as one of the key spearheads in ensuring they finish higher up the grid.

“In a way, a completely new concept and set of rules could have been welcomed already in 2021, but, at the same time, it will be nice to take this year as a building block in terms of returning to the sport and working towards the future from inside the team.”

Alonso would want to achieve success while utilizing 2021 as a learning curve

Renault’s cars last year showed immense potential in terms of its race pace. The team achieved three podiums and important Top 5 finishes, which would have pleased Alonso.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock after practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

But at the same time, the French outfit’s cars suffered a lot of inconsistencies in reliability. At times, their race setting and strategy did not work out, which eventually saw them land a P5 finish.

Therefore, Alonso will be wary of both aspects heading into the 2021 F1 season. But that said, expect the Spaniard to invest full commitment in piloting the A521 across the finish line to achieve some more than decent results.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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