WATCH: Fernando Alonso Gives Valtteri Bottas the Finger at Turkish GP

Published 10/09/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 23, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso ahead of the Russian GP REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Fernando Alonso has been in the news for his comments at the press conference. The two-time world champion was fuming after he was called out for cutting the corner at the Russian Grand Prix start.

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Alonso was at his ruthless best and called out the stewards for having different rules for different people. He was angry at the track as well when he was blocked by Valtteri Bottas during the Friday practice session.

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The Alpine driver shows his anger at Bottas for blocking his run

Alonso was on a fast lap while the Mercedes driver was on a cooldown lap. The Alpine driver was not happy with how the Finn moved to give him the way and felt that he blocked his fast run.

The Alpine driver showed his frustration by flipping Bottas off on the track itself. The anger could be understood as the Spanish driver was coming at a rapid pace on a blind corner.

The move could have resulted in both drivers crashing out of the session. Alonso has previously too expressed his frustration on how drivers back up at the last corner, which ruins the lap for the drivers behind.

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The truth is that I am very happy: Fernando Alonso

Alonso put in another fantastic performance in the qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix. The Spaniard finished the session in the sixth position but will start the race in the fifth because of Hamilton‘s penalty.

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice

As reported by Autosport, he said, “The truth is that I am very happy. It was probably the best Saturday of the year. We came from the best race in terms of competitiveness in Sochi, and now I felt good as well. Always in the almost wet conditions, we were fourth, fifth, sixth, and now in Q3 as well, when normally we dropped to ninth or so.

“With Hamilton’s penalty, we will start fifth on the clean side and with the medium tires, we qualified within Q2. So it’s been a good Saturday. Let’s see how we finish the job tomorrow.”

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The two-time world champion is a master at having good starts, so a podium is within reach. It would be interesting to see how many positions he will make at the start.

Can Alonso finish on the podium? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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