“Not an Excuse Now” – Fernando Alonso Vows to Avenge Imola Disappointment in Portimao

Published 04/20/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Fernando Alonso made a sensational return to Formula One in 2021. The two-time world champion has vowed to perform even better in Portugal after scoring his first F1 points of the season at Imola.

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The Spanish driver crossed the line in 10th place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which earned him a single point. The single point earned at Imola has given Alonso hope and aims to do much better at Portimao. The French team scored a total of 3 points at Imola and will look to bag some more at the next one.

As quoted by RaceFans, Alonso said, “I’ve changed things many times. Even I changed category or different series in motorsport many times and there is always a period of adaptation.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“But that has been never an excuse, and it’s going to be not an excuse now. I should be better. I was not at the right level this weekend, but I will be in Portimao,” He concluded.

Fernando Alonso believes the car has what it takes to be competitive

In the first Grand Prix of the season, Alonso had to retire the car due to brake issues. In Imola, the Spanish driver could only achieve 10th but states he needs a little more time to get in sync with the car.

He said, “We always want to be higher up and you want to be a little bit more confident in the car. Probably I was not confident in Bahrain or confident here. I will not be confident in Portimao. This is not a thing that it goes from day to night and then you are 100 percent. It will take time.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during qualifying REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“But I’m here to work and I’m here to get better. And a race like [this] it helps massively because you can feel the car in very difficult conditions and you can learn a lot more than just a normal race,” he concluded.

The next Grand Prix is just around the corner. The Spanish champion will be looking forward to finding the true pace of the circuit as he zips around the track in Portugal. He will aim to bring more points for the French-based outfit.

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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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