“Has been very unlucky”: 3 Months After his Heroics, Fernando Alonso Defends Lance Stroll Showing Strong Aston Martin Fraternity

Published 06/02/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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While the saying “Luck favors the prepared” may ring true for some, Fernando Alonso’s resolute defense of Lance Stroll reveals a deeper belief. Three months into the fiercely competitive 2023 season, Fernando Alonso, the driving force behind Aston Martin, has showcased his prowess with five podium finishes. However, his teammate Lance Stroll has faced a series of unfortunate events, leaving him without a single point in the past two races. Nevertheless, Alonso believes in the potential that lies within his fellow driver.

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Among the myriad tales of grit and determination, one story stands out as a testament to Stroll’s unwavering resolve: his heroic drive in Bahrain. Battling against the odds, Stroll exhibited extraordinary prowess behind the wheel, just weeks after fracturing his wrists in a bike accident in Spain. Alonso, in awe of Stroll’s outstanding performance, praises his young teammate, as quoted by Crash.net, “He has been very unlucky in the last two events.” Such recognition from a seasoned driver like Alonso speaks volumes about the faith he has in Stroll.

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Reflecting on Stroll’s recent misfortunes, Alonso highlights the unfortunate sequence of events that hampered Stroll’s progress. In Jeddah, a sudden exhaust problem struck while Stroll led the Ferraris in a commendable fifth position, snatching away valuable points. In Monaco, debris from Lando Norris’ McLaren wreaked havoc on Stroll’s entire weekend.

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But one thing is certain: it’s time for Stroll to say, “Dear bad luck, let’s break up,” to unleash his true potential on the glorious canvas of Formula 1. As Alonso firmly believes that these incidents overshadowed Stroll’s true capabilities, unfairly inviting harsh criticism. He asserts, “I don’t believe he lacks pace. It’s merely a case of ill-timed moments that have not been in his favor.”

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Beyond defending Stroll’s performance, Fernando Alonso himself has undergone a remarkable transformation, shedding his previous image as a relentless anti-hero. Alonso’s time away from Formula 1, competing in prestigious events like Le Mans and IndyCar, played a crucial role in molding his behavior and transforming him into a team player. While Alonso remains self-critical, he has learned to harness his strengths to empower the team supporting him.

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Glock, a former F1 driver as quoted by Marçà, remarked, “I see Alonso more motivated than ever. He always has a smile on his face and is always positive, he has a lot to offer.” This newfound attitude has elevated him as a sportsman and has undoubtedly made him an exceptional driver who rarely makes mistakes. As the 2023 Formula 1 season progresses, Fernando Alonso continues to prove his worth as the leading Aston Martin driver with his consistent podium finishes.

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But Fernando Alonso’s steadfast defense of Lance Stroll amid a series of setbacks highlights his unwavering belief in his teammate’s abilities. Now, as they stand together in the face of adversity, one cannot help but wonder: Will Lance Stroll defy the clutches of bad luck and emerge triumphant?

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.
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