“Just for Nothing” – Fernando Alonso Fumes at Latifi Over Last Lap Shenanigans

Published 05/10/2021, 7:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea


Fernando Alonso has a reputation for being quite vocal on the team radio. While we have heard hilarious quips from the Spaniard, we have also heard him express displeasure. The Spanish Grand Prix fell in the latter category for the veteran, when he witnessed Nicholas Latifi make a poor mistake on the last lap.

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The midfield battle right now is the most competitive it has been in years. However, at the moment, Alpine F1 are a little behind on the pace of their competition. The two-time world champion’s battle has gone from fighting for race wins and pole positions to scrapping to stay away from the back of the grid.

Fernando Alonso slams “unbelievable” Latifi

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Approaching the final chicane on the way to the checkered flag, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi went wide and rejoined the track. Alonso felt Latifi’s way of doing so wasn’t right and the Spaniard was upset that such antics were happening on the last lap as well.

Alonso said, “Yeah, it’s unbelievable. Even ion the last lap. The Williams is off in the last corner. Just for nothing. To have fun on the quick lap.”

The Spaniard’s frustration is quite evident on his team radio. While he may direct it towards the Canadian, he might also be venting his frustration with his current situation. His return to Formula 1 has been little to write home about, and the Spanish Grand Prix did nothing to improve his season.

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Alonso’s struggles continue

Despite qualifying P10 for Sunday’s race, the two-time world champion fell back to P17, finishing behind Latifi. His teammate, Esteban Ocon, finished ninth and brought home two points for the French team. Although it is a significant improvement on the “GP2 engine” from his McLaren days, Alonso has struggled across all four races, scoring just five points.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

At the Monaco Grand Prix, the streets are narrow, and overtaking is almost impossible. It’s often said that qualifying determines the result of the Monaco Grand Prix unless something massive happens in the race. With Alpine’s qualifying form in a dismal state, Alonso’s season doesn’t look like it will improve in two weeks. Can the Spaniard bring himself to score points?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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