“Is Red Bull Not Participating”: Fernando Alonso’s Home Turf Ambitions Smashed by F1 Twitter Following his Downplaying Comments

Published 06/02/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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In the world of Formula 1, it hardly ever happens when the fans rally behind a single driver to secure a race win. Fernando Alonso has had that effect on the entire world of F1 in the current season. The Spaniard has consistently finished in the top three in all races but one. Now, the fans want to see Alonso on the top step of the podium and secure his 33rd win. A milestone that has been missing for a long time, somewhat exactly 10 years at the upcoming Spanish GP.

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Seeing that it’ll be the 10th year anniversary of his last race win and the home turf factor has pumped some excitement in the air. However, the realistic side of the fanbase has absolutely demoralized the rest and is asking a simple question.

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“Is Red Bull not participating?” is the question the fans are asking whenever the topic of Alonso’s race win is being discussed. In fact, it’s not the fans alone, even the Spaniard, as quoted by Formula 1, downplayed his chances of winning.

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“I don’t think realistically we can fight for the victory, let’s be clear,” he said. “Red Bull have been very dominant all season long and I don’t see any reason why, in Barcelona, they should not aim for a one-two. But let’s see what we can do.”

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The Spaniard in his AMR23 is the closest rival to the vastly superior RB19 of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. However, he isn’t close enough to challenge for a race win and Alonso is aware and staying humble. This is exactly what the fans communicated as well in the Tweet’s replies.

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The Spaniard has the quality, the pace, and the experience. However, all of these qualities will account for nothing if he can’t catch up to the drivers in front of him. So far, more often than not, it’s been the Red Bull men. The fans sing in the same tune as the superiority of Red Bull is as clear as day.

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The season seems done and dusted from the perspective of this set of fans. However, we can’t blame them as their opinion are based on the season’s proceedings so far. Although despite his dejected outlook, perhaps a rare race win can change his and the fans’ outlook for the season.

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Mahim Suhalka

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