Fernando Alonso ‘Was Sorry’ After Alpine’s Dismal Bahrain GP Performance: Briatore

Published 04/01/2021, 8:35 AM 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 had an impressive start to his comeback race at Bahrain last weekend. However, he had to retire his Alpine car and could not complete the race. It was tough luck for the Spaniard because a sandwich wrapper in the rear brake duct caused the unfortunate retirement.

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In a recent interview, Flavio Briatore, former Benetton and Renault team manager, discussed Alonso’s season opener with Alpine F1. The Italian businessman has worked closely with Fernando and shared the Spaniard’s reaction after the race.

“I was on the phone with him a little while ago, he was sorry even though he knew that Renault’s position was this.”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“They have to bet everything on next year, but he also had the misfortune that a piece of plastic entered the brake duct knocking them out, but Alonso’s qualification was higher than the value of the car,” said Briatore.

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

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Renault rebranded themselves as Alpine F1 this season in hopes to bring new and better results this season. However, the team did not have the best start to the season. With Alonso’s retirement and Ocon’s P13 finish, the team claimed no points at the season opener.

Flavio Briatore gave his opinion on where Alpine F1 stands on the grid and hopes the team will work to provide a better car to Alonso.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I believe that Renault-Alpine is between 12th and 15th position this year, we hope everyone will concentrate a little on next year to have a better car that Alonso deserves.”

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However, the businessman also clarified, “working to recover when you are so far away is difficult.”

Fernando Alonso looked very strong and seemed well on his way to claim a top 10 finish. However, it was very unlucky for the Spaniard, considering the reason he had to retire from the race.

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The Alpine driver could not mark his return in the best way he wanted to. He certainly had fun racing in Formula 1 again and is optimistic about the rest of the season. How do you think Alonso will perform this season in his Alpine car?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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