Fernando Alonso ‘Still the Same Ambitious Driver’ Says Renault Sporting Director

Published 12/19/2020, 12:05 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 arrives at the circuit during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Fernando Alonso is a two time champion returning to his world of F1. Two years ago, he left the cockpit at McLaren because of the failing form and the lack of competition. Well, he is back, and he means serious business with his season of 2021.

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Alonso has been on the Renault sidelines for the entire season. The in season drivers might have been hauling points on the circuits. However, Alonso was not laying back. He was back at the factory reading everything, understanding his team and the car. He was apprehensive till his Abu Dhabi test, but now he appears content.

We have read a lot of excitement from the team of Renault welcoming back their champion. Well, the Spaniard has kept the team on their toes with his pressure. Here Alan Permane, the sporting director, reveals how the Abu Dhabi test for Fernando Alonso infused Deja Vu for the Briton.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Fernando Alonso is interviewed FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He is the same Fernando that I remember for years, he wants to be the fastest on the track, but also to study every detail of the car, I still see the same ambitious driver as always,stated Alan Permane. Well, even Alonso stated similar points on his test at Abu Dhabi. He feels back in form and ready to take on the battle of the champions.

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Alan Permane and Renault, shocked at the manner of Fernando Alonso, repeat that he appears to have never left the cockpit. His form and his style are still the same claims the Briton. His ambition still unfettered and his goal, that title of the World Champion.

Many had this notion that Alonso may not end up will in his return to F1. Given the fast pace in which the sport has evolved, it really could have been difficult for Alonso to keep up with the speed. Yet, he has defied us all and made quite a statement with his return.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Fernando Alonso poses for a picture with the Renault R25 before driving a lap Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

I’m very happy with the test, over time, the car had a good balance and we changed a couple of things from the set up that also worked as we expected from them, little else,” concluded Alan.

Fernando Alonso announced his comeback formally at the Yas Marina. With his championship car screaming at its highest potential, Alonso gave literal chills to everyone on the Circuit. Well, back with his team and crew, it satisfies him that his Tuesday test was perfect.

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The Spaniard agrees that there is no prosthetic for the hand on battle on the circuit with the tension closing in from all sides. However, he is well prepared to let him hold his nerves together when he is in that battle. From there on, he will handle it well, we are sure.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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