What Is ‘El Plan’ That Fernando Alonso Insinuates About?

Published 10/29/2021, 1:35 PM EDT
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


Fernando Alonso had the internet scratching their heads, but also intrigued when he mentioned ‘El Plan’ Its been a part of many references, and its scattered around the internet. Alonso even released T-shirts and snapbacks with the phrase on it. But what is this El Plan that the Spaniard is excited about?

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Alonso made the term popular after the qualifying round of the Turkish GP. Having qualified in the 5th position, Alonso was a happy man as he headed over for his interviews. Conversing in Spanish, an interviewer asked him what the plan was. Instead of basing his answer on the race ahead, Alonso gave a more cryptic answer.

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“El Plan… you have to wait a few months to know it. You need to believe in el plan for now.” What made matters worse was Alonso’s cheeky smile throughout the conversation. What does the Lion have up his sleeve?

Fernando Alonso hinting at big moves in 2022

The obvious deduction is that Alonso will take advantage of the new regulations the season brings. A true maestro of the sport, Alonso is often quick to find loopholes and can make the most strict regulations work for him. What the grid should be worried about is that Alonso has had a long time to sketch out this plan; additionally, it’s one he’s excited to execute.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Alonso’s return to the sport, with the team he has been most successful with, is all in an attempt to fight with the big guns. A heavyweight himself, Nando would look to get out of the midfield and onto the podium; the 2022 season is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. A clean slate, with no isolated advantage, the new era evens the playing field.

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While success brews in the Alpine factory back in Enstone, we can only speculate that it will mean success for Fernando Alonso. Over the next five months, Alonso will contribute everything he can to help his team develop a car worthy of fighting the leaders of the board. Till then, we wait. It was his championship-winning team back then; will the dynamics be replicated now?

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Fernando Alonso’s renaissance hasn’t been a quiet one and surely, he looks to continue to rock the sport in 2022. The enigmatic plan remains a hidden part of Alonso’s mind, and as he said, we just have to believe in it.

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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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