“More Chaotic, Lacking a Bit of Communication” – Fernando Alonso Points Out the Biggest Differences Between Ferrari, McLaren & Renault F1

Published 11/24/2021, 3:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno


Fernando Alonso has a lot of experience in Formula One. The 2-time world champion has raced with Renault, Ferrari, and McLaren. Having worked with them, the 40-year-old talks about the differences that he has noticed.

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Now in 2021, Alonso is back with the team where he won his first two titles. He also raced for McLaren and Ferrari but failed to add another championship under his belt. The Spaniard revealed what was the work environment that he experienced working with three different teams on the grid.

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 12: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 12, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso talks about the differences between McLaren, Renault, and Ferrari

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The 2-time world champion has had the privilege of driving for McLaren, Renault, and Ferrari. Now with Alpine, formerly known as Renault, the Spanish driver talks about the culture that he saw working with the teams.

Speaking on the podcast, Beyond the Grid, he was asked if teams had unique aspects to them. Alonso replied, “Absolutely, yes. I think each of them have, part of the DNA of the team, historically they have been racing with a different philosophy. So each of them are different.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“In Renault as I said, you find this family environment and friendly approach by everyone in Enstone and Paris. In Ferrari, I think it’s a more passionate, what you see there with the people at the factory; a little bit more chaotic as well, it might be part of the Latin, Italian, Spanish DNA as well.”

McLaren is a bit more serious a little bit more precise, everything, But maybe lacking a bit of communication internally as well, but a very professional environment. And yeah, each of them is just a bit different, but they are all finding the limits and arriving to the same goal which is producing the fastest cars possible, and they are all same on that,” Alonso concluded.

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What has been Alonso’s highlight at Alpine so far?

When it was announced that Fernando was joining F1 once again for the 2021 season, many had their doubts.

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

However, at the recent Qatar Grand Prix, Alonso silenced his haters. He put on a masterclass and achieved a podium finish by crossing the line in third place. Seeing that he will be on the grid next year, Alonso hopes to take the Enstone-based team to the next level. However, there are two more races left before this season comes to an end, and Fernando hopes to display the same level of performance as he did in Qatar.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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