“Give Him a Sniff”: Bloodthirsty Fernando Alonso Was Once Given an Unreal Metaphor for His Ruthless F1 Exploits

Published 03/14/2023, 8:00 AM EDT

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A legend of our times and a controversial figure at that as well. Fernando Alonso, who wears the crown of taking away the throne from the ever so dominant Michael Schumacher, only went on to win 2 championships in his 22-year-long career. An F1 legend once remembered in a rather unique but fitting manner the man who now stands at a juncture where he may make a go for his third and much-deserved one.

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Mark Webber, who has raced with many legends, recalls the Matador in his biography. The memoir that came out half a decade ago, and the comparison that was drawn impressively, still stand true. A glimpse of this was seen in the Bahrain season opener a few days ago. In his memoir “Mark Webber – Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey”, recalling the crash gate scandal and Fernando Alonso’s beast mentality that made him win the race was also the reason that they got caught. If the Spaniard would have not won that race in Singapore, his team would have had a better case to save themselves.

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Webber wrote, “But when the race started coming towards Fernando, he was like a dog with a bone. Give him a sniff and he’ll win, because all of a sudden he goes to that next level. He might have thought … ‘I’m going from 15th to fifth or maybe fourth … I’ll feel a bit rough if I get on the podium … Bloody hell, I’ve won!’”

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The man who was at the top of his game still stays there despite being the most experienced driver by every metric possible.

A wait for Jeddah to see Fernando Alonso in full glory

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The beast Alonso put his Aston Martin ahead of Mercedes and Ferrari and next to the reigning champions. While that was a spectacle in itself, an Aston insider has fired a warning at the competitors, saying, Jeddah will be better than Bahrain. According to Lance Stroll‘s right-hand man, Nuno Pinto, Fernando Alonso, and Aston Martin will have an ideal circuit in Jeddah due to the downforce tilting design of the car,

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Pinto said in the FUm’s Vamos Falar podcast, “You have to analyze the reality of the numbers. In theory, Bahrain was not the strongest circuit for the team at the start of the championship. In theory, the car’s potential in Jeddah was better than in Bahrain, taking degradation out of the equation, talking about pure and hard competitiveness.” [Translated Via Google]

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Anmol is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. She is a Law graduate from National Law University, Lucknow, and currently pursuing PGD in Journalism and Mass Communication from Symbiosis. Being a Rallyist herself she began watching F1, the apex of motorsports, and eventually fell in love with the sport.
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