Fernando Alonso Skeptical Of F1’s Big Rule Changes

Published 05/17/2021, 12:51 PM EDT
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


Fernando Alonso walked away from F1 at the end of the 2018 season. However, he never closed the door on a potential return; he was targeting the 2021 technical changes which are meant to bring the grid closer. While the FIA postponed those to next year in 2022, it did not discourage the Spaniard from making a return. However, he is doubtful if the main motive for his return could actually be fulfilled.

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He isn’t sure if the new regulations could actually stop a single or just a few teams from dominating. Speaking to Motorsports.com, he said“It’s still hard to say anything in terms of fighting for the world championship and other opportunities. (Quotes translated from Turkish using Google)

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice. REUTERS/Albert Gea

“If there is a new rule period, I think in the first year of the new rules there is always a team that interprets them a little differently from the others and perhaps gains an advantage… I don’t know if the imminent fight will be in 2022.”

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It is perhaps natural for a few teams to understand the rules better and gain a massive advantage. Mercedes did the same at the beginning of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014. However, this time the rest of the teams will cut the gap in a lesser time span (two or three years), should a situation like that happen once again since the FIA has standardized most of the key parts.

Hence, Alonso said, “Exciting battles will definitely come. Because the regulations have been written to cover all areas as much as possible.”

Fernando Alonso treating 2021 as a ‘preparation year’

The Alpine driver has not had the best of times since ending his sabbatical. He’s unusually been dominated by his teammate, Esteban Ocon, this year. However, he is not too worried even he wants to compete more at the top.

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“Of course, it’s a tough thing because you are on the track every weekend and we are all competitive people in the end, we want to compete and compete, we want to perform, but in general, yes, 2021 is a preparation year. There is no doubt about that.”

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

He will be hoping that Alpine is the team that aces the new regulations, next season.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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