WATCH: Alonso’s Jubilant F1 Radio Message Amidst His Last Lap Overtake of Sainz

Published 09/05/2021, 1:37 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


The master of the track struck again at the Dutch GP. Fernando Alonso didn’t fail to impress; from the race start to the checkered flag. If Alonso found an opportunity to overtake, he took it. This also resulted in a thrilled team radio from the Spaniard at the end of the race.

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After overtaking Carlos Sainz in the final moments of the race, Fernando excitedly exclaims, “yes baby yes!” Alonso’s P6 finish helped Alpine get the boost they needed on the constructor’s board. Another reason for Alonso to celebrate after the race.

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Alonso also cheekily added, “I guess Verstappen won? There’s some orange fog.” Their hero’s performance at the circuit had turned Zandvoort into a three-day rager; one tied up perfectly with Verstappen’s home win.

An impressive race for Fernando Alonso

Alonso started the Dutch GP in P9, having had an average qualifying session on Saturday. While this was the first incident-free start after a long time, there was a little tension between Russell and Alonso. Fernando pushed his Alpine ahead of the Williams, narrowly avoiding contact on turn 2. Nonetheless, the move brought the Spaniard up two positions to seventh.

Further, Slithering through the last lap, a sharp maneuver on his compatriot gave Alonso a good top 6 result.

Summarizing the feeling, Alonso said, We then settled into a good rhythm and executed a solid race. Overtaking Carlos [Sainz] at the end felt fantastic, as early in the race I didn’t think we could catch the Ferraris. It’ll be interesting to see if we can carry our form into Monza.”

Electric crowd at Zandvoort

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Alonso’s cheeky remark only hits the surface in describing the crowd at Zandvoort. ‘Mesmerizing’ would sell the Dutch fans short. Verstappen’s stunning victory only catalyzed the party-like atmosphere; the deafening roar from the crowd celebrating their driver.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Fans are seen in the stand before the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

As the circuit blushed a pretty orange, sparklers lit the track as Verstappen claimed the victory. Hands in the air and loud cheering only added to what was an encouraging environment for all the teams.

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This will be a good competition for the crowd in red waiting for the circus in Monza. The Italians will be ready with their support for the Scuderia as the final leg of the triple-header awaits next weekend.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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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