Fernando Alonso Puzzled by F1 Weekend Mystery: “Doesn’t Make Sense”

Published 05/27/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Consistency is key in Formula 1. If the driver performs well in qualifying but is unable to mirror that performance on race day, a good starting position means nothing. Thus, every driver aims to be as consistent as possible, and Fernando Alonso is no different. However, he wants to understand how teams provide different results over a weekend, from practice sessions to the qualifying rounds.

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Alonso feels by understanding Alpine’s consistency levels as early as December can help the French-based team achieve better results and score crucial points for the championship.

Fernando Alonso wants to understand the variables during a race weekend

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Speaking to Cadena Cope, as quoted by PlanetF1, Fernando Alonso said, “I spoke to Checo Perez this [Sunday] morning to ask why he was fastest in FP1 and then he’s ninth in Q3. It doesn’t make sense. But then today he was fighting for the podium.

“Why are all these variables happening during a weekend? It’s not a question of luck. We have to understand that.

“But I’m not worried. I have been strong all weekend compared to the first weekends and am happy and have been stronger in the race when in qualifying [at Monaco] nothing worked.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“There are still 18 races left in the championship and we will do the math in December and not now,” Alonso concluded.

Alonso gives his reason for having a poor qualifying session

The two-time world champion had a tough time during his weekend at Monaco. Only managing to set the 17th fastest lap, the Spaniard was unable to make it any further than Q1 on Saturday.

Talking about why that was the case, Alonso said, “I think confidence was good, I was able to push the car and extract the maximum. It’s going to be messy in Q1 with traffic and things like that. That was not ideal but I don’t think that was the cause of being out of [Q3].

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“We didn’t have the pace. I think the whole weekend we’ve been struggling a little bit with the pace. We were expecting more from Monaco on our package and yes we didn’t deliver,” Alonso concluded.

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The Alpine driver would look to the upcoming race at Baku to achieve better results in his comeback season.

Do you think he can find the consistency he needs at the Azerbaijan GP?

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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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