Fernando Alonso’s Resurgent Frenemy Fires Warning at Aston Martin as Battle for Podium Spots Set to Take Another Turn

Published 04/09/2023, 8:17 AM EDT

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Fernando Alonso sports a samurai tattoo on his back and follows the Bushido teachings. The Samurai philosophy speaks of making things happen and fighting for them. And as the Spaniard finally seems to be winning the battle, he had been losing for the past 16 years in terms of being in the incorrect team. Now another wants to walk on the path of rebirth as Aston Martin dethroning them hasn’t been taken lightly. But who are we talking about?

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For that, we need to understand what happened last year. Fernando Alonso gave a boot to Alpine overnight, making a shock move to Aston Martin which was behind in the world championship battle. But now the 2.4-second improvement and three back-to-back podiums now stand as a testimony that Nando made the right move. However, his ex-team, which wore the crown of being the rulers of mid-field, hasn’t taken the lag lightly and has made a declaration to make a comeback.

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As quoted by 20minutos.com, Alpine TP Otmar said, “We are going to push a lot in development. The good thing is that the correlation with the simulator is positive. We’re going to be able to fight. If we follow the 2022 development line, we will be closer. But it’s hard. We know what we have, but not what the others have.” He further added, “This break will give us more time. It was not in our plans, but it is welcome .”

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But regardless of how far ahead Alpine lands up, there is no regret in Alonso’s decision who has maintained a 3/3 streak podium spree for the Silverstone-based outfit. And while his ex-team was at the losing end, heavily crashing and scoring zero points, luck favored Alonso.

Lucky move for Fernando Alonso but an even luckier time for Aston Martin post the Albert Park fiasco

The lap 57 restart was one of the most chaotic ones in recent times. The carnage saw the number of racing cars left to 12 on the grid. However, somehow, despite the incident with Carlos, Fernando’s Aston Martin remained intact and went on to claim his podium. And the man from Oviedo is happy that it all worked out.

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He was quoted by Motorsport.com as saying, “As you can imagine, there was a lot of discussion. But in the end, it all worked out. It was important that the car was still solid and drivable at this point because we saw some people’s cars damaged. I have to say we were lucky at this point.” [translated via Google Translate]

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“It wasn’t a stolen podium because we were in the position we were in before that. So I think it’s okay, but of course there was a luck factor as well.”

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Anmol is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in journalism and a passion for motorsports, she brings a unique perspective to her coverage of the world of F1. Anmol's interest in the sport was piqued after watching Lewis Hamilton's interview with David Letterman, and she has been a dedicated follower ever since.
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