Fernando Alonso Sets New Target to Get Back to 100% After Falling Short of His Previous F1 Race Mark

Published 05/30/2021, 8:58 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


Performing just as good as before is a task most drivers returning to F1 after time away from the sport find difficult. Fernando Alonso, too, is facing the same peril this year, having exited the sport after the 2018 season. While he is still putting in decent performances, the Spaniard feels that he needs another eight or nine races to be his best.

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Alonso currently sits in 13th place in the driver’s standings with just five points to this name. The Alpine driver hopes to bounce back in terms of performance and get better results for himself and his French team.

Fernando Alonso feels needs more time to get better results

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As quoted by Speedweek, “I knew that I had to prepare well and that it would take the hours in the simulator and tests in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. But I still have problems getting the most out of the car.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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

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“I thought I’d be 100 percent after three or four races. Now I think it will take eight or nine races. But there are things that always have to be improved. In the next 18 races of the season we will take 18 further steps in the right direction,” Alonso concluded.

The Spaniard isn’t confident about the race at Baku

Alonso didn’t have a good weekend at the recent Grand Prix at Monte Carlo, crossing the line in a disappointing 13th place finish. Moreover, he isn’t looking forward to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix either, since its a street circuit like Monaco.

Instead, he has high hopes for the French Grand Prix later in June.

As quoted by PlanetF1, Alonso said, “I think it will be more for when it’s not a street circuit. Baku would not be a good time. In this sense, the beginning of the championship is not the best possible calendar”

He added, “There was Imola, Portimao, two circuits where I haven’t driven for many years or never like Portimao and the rest of the drivers had driven there a few months ago in the last championship.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

“And then two street circuits, Monaco and Baku. So the first six races of the championship have been a tough challenge to get used to. So from France, I am looking forward to a new championship for me.

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“And from the steering wheel point [power steering] I hope to have something that allows me to feel a bit better the balance of the car and to be able to have better feedback than I feel now,” he concluded.

With Fernando keeping high hopes for the French Grand Prix, do you think he can keep to his word and deliver? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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