‘Happy Person’ Fernando Alonso Erases Ferrari F1 Myth: “Then I Went Back to McLaren & They Were the Same Comments”

Published 12/16/2021, 11:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Former world champion Fernando Alonso recently reflected back on the 2021 F1 season. He finished 10th in the drivers’ standings with 81 points and a podium finish to his name. Notably, Alonso bagged his last podium in 2014. So this season was prima facie a good one for the Spaniard.

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Apart from that, Ocon and Alonso were at the top of their game to help Alpine bag the 5th spot in the constructors’ title. The 40-year-old made a return to the sport in 2021 after a break of two years. After the post-season testing in Abu Dhabi, he discussed his time in F1 and shared his thoughts on the upcoming season.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Third-placed Alpine’s Fernando Alonso celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

Fernando Alonso has always been a “happy man” in F1

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The Spanish star completed the post-season testing in Renault RS18 with 18-inch Pirelli tires in Abu Dhabi. He is looking forward to the upcoming 2022 season with the Alpine team. When asked about his relaxed approach in the latest season, the Spaniard gave an exhaustive answer.

“I don’t agree. When I arrived at Ferrari, I had exactly the same questions from you. I remember perfectly answering about why I was so happy because it was an Italian team and I was Spanish,” said Alonso as reported by Diario AS.

“Then I went back to McLaren and they were the same comments, why are you so happy, that at Ferrari you were a bit more frustrated in recent years.”

Initially, the Spaniard was a part of the Renault team where he won the 2005 and 2006 drivers’ championship. Then he moved to Mclaren for the 2007 season alongside then-rookie Lewis Hamilton. He returned to Renault before finally moving to Ferrari in 2010. His last team before retiring was Mclaren, from 2015 to 2018.

The rivalry between Alonso and Hamilton was at the center of the media coverage for a long period of time. However, he believes that his persona was made out to be something that never was.

“Now, the same comment Since 2007, from fighting with Hamilton in a British team and a British environment, people perceived and spread the wrong message, and now people are surprised at how happy I am,” said the two-times world champion.

“I am a happy person, even if the message does not get through,” he clarified.

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Alonso is optimistic about the new car for the next season and is working closely with the team on that. He is confident about his driving and looking forward to outperforming most other drivers on the grid in the much-awaited 2022 F1 season.

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Where do you think Fernando Alonso will finish in the drivers’ standings in the 2022 season?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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