Fernando Alonso Rues Lack of Change in F1 Since 2018 Exit

Published 08/24/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Fernando Alonso joined the Alpine F1 team in 2021 after Daniel Ricciardo left the team for McLaren. The two-time world champion had earlier left the sport at the end of the 2018 season. But Alonso mentioned that the sport has changed little from his initial retirement in 2018.

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The Alpine driver stated that the sport has not changed as the same teams are winning races and championships. He also mentioned how different F1 is in 2021 because of the pandemic restrictions.

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Everything is still about the same as in 2018: Fernando Alonso

As reported by Spanish news agency EFE, (quotes via formule.nl), the veteran Spaniard stated nothing has surprised him in his return to the sport.

“In fact, everything is still about the same as in 2018, when I left Formula 1,” said Alonso.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“At the time we had the same teams, the same people in the same teams and Mercedes dominated, although Red Bull Racing could exert some pressure. Now the same people still seem to be up the front, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fighting for the title.

I don’t think there has been any revolution or surprise in this regard in the last two years,” Alonso continued.

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The Alpine driver gives his opinion on the calendar changes in 2021

Fernando Alonso expressed his opinion on the calendar changes in the 2021 season. The changes in the calendar may be the only thing that is different from the 2018 season, according to the former world champion. Formula One had to recently cancel the Japanese Grand Prix for the second year running because of the pandemic. Alonso mentioned that because of the pandemic, every race is on the edge.

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“The calendar can still vary a lot because some races are on the edge.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“I think we have to be on our guard and fight where it is safe and where we are welcome. It will probably not be clear until a few weeks before each Grand Prix whether a race can also take place,” concluded Alonso.

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It looks increasingly likely that races such as Mexico and Brazil may also get canceled soon. But F1 is committed to having a 23-race calendar in 2021.

Do you see any change in F1 since 2018? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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