WATCH: Alonso Crowns New Name for Sprint F1 Format After Blistering Opening Lap

Published 07/17/2021, 2:56 PM 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 ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has proved, yet again, that age is but a number. The Spaniard jumped six positions in the first lap of the sprint qualifying to secure a P7 start for himself. While Verstappen overtook Hamilton in the front, sheer brilliance was in the works behind him.

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In an absolute power move, Alonso went ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari and his own teammate, Esteban Ocon. Unstoppable, he pushed back both McLarens, Sergio Perez’s Red Bull, as well as Sebastian Vettel and George Russell.

Alonso started 11th on the grid and was up to sixth in mere seconds. He exclaimed, “Enjoy the show!” on his team radio at the end of the race.“‘I think we should call it Q4. No?”

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Alonso laughed, as he reveled in what was a tremendous first nine laps for the Alpine driver.

His first lap was a wonderful start to the race, seeing the veteran rise from the ashes as he returned to the sport. He drove on the outside line, getting a good grip on his soft tires, and did what he does best – kept the charge going. He was focused on getting as much as he could from the car, and it paid off.

Fernando Alonso – the master of duels

The last race in Austria saw Alonso in a wheel-to-wheel battle with George Russell. While the talented Brit defended well, it wasn’t enough; Alonso pushed hard in the last lap and brought home points for Alpine.

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Alonso put on a show for the crowds at Silverstone as he defended his P7 against McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. The Matador skillfully navigated his way through the circuit and maintained his lead till lap 9. Despite that, Ricciardo, an overtaking virtuoso, managed to get through.

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This wasn’t the end; the Spaniard still had time for a last-minute battle with Sebastian Vettel on the last lap. He defended his position against the Aston Martin and crossed the checkered flag holding on to it.

Alonso’s skills were under the spotlight today, worthy of respect, as the legend has indeed returned, hungry for more.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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