REVEALED: Alonso’s Efforts to ‘Provoke Luck’ for Alpine F1 Ahead of British GP

Published 07/15/2021, 4:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Alpine have been one of the most underperforming F1 teams this season, with luck playing massive spoilsport in the French outfit’s hopes of fighting amongst the mid-field pack. However, Fernando Alonso is looking desperate to end the terrible run of form for the team.

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How, you might ask?

Well, Alpine’s executive director, Marcin Budkowski, revealed that the Spaniard is planning to visit certain local places ahead of the British Grand Prix to revive the team’s luck.

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Fernando Alonso will make a detour before Silverstone: Budkowski

Speaking to Motorsport-Total, the Alpine director opened up about the poor luck the team have been dealing with since the start of this F1 season.

Fernando complained that we were generally very unlucky. If something happened, it was never good for us. That also played a certain role,” he said.

“He said that before Silverstone he would make a detour to one of his local places where he has a little routine to provoke luck a bit. So we’ll see if that works. If it works for Silverstone, then I’ll send him there between each race!” the Pole added.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso walks the track ahead of Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Alpine are yet to deliver an all-around performance over a weekend. The initial few races were all about Esteban Ocon carrying the team over his shoulders while Alonso was still finding his ground.

However, then arrived the dramatic turnaround. The Spaniard is now at the top of his game, but Ocon is nowhere to be seen in the top 10. The French lad is somehow lacking pace, and this uncertainty is costing Alpine a lot in their hopes of claiming a top four finish in the constructors’ standings.

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The 44-year-old sounded absolutely displeased with the way Alpine started off their 2021 campaign. “It is clearly disappointing as far as the start of the season is concerned.

“The car has decent pace if we manage to bring it onto the track. We saw that in qualifying in Portugal and Spain, thanks to Esteban.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

“It was mixed in the races. Sometimes we lacked some race pace.

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Alpine are currently 12 points adrift Aston Martin, who are holding on to P6 on the constructor’s standings. Also, the gap between the mid-field teams has undeniably blown up.

Hence, a top 4 finish is looking highly unlikely for the French outfit, solely because Ferrari are already 90 points ahead. So, how far can Alpine limit their damages over the rest of the season? Will they manage to beat Aston Martin and AlphaTauri to secure P5 in their debut F1 season?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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