Alonso raises the spirits

The Asturian is "happy" and is "optimistic" after the first race of the year. "We must trust, we can have a good season," he tells AS in Bahrain.


Alonso's Alpine suffered an overheating in the rear brakes because pieces of carbon fiber that it picked up on the track clogged the cooling ducts. Before, the batteries failed and the A521 was weighed down on the straights, forcing the Spaniard to lose positions. He fought against McLaren, overtook Sainz and Stroll, but what happened when reliability did not do his part. Still, Fernando ended up happy "and optimistic", as he spoke with AS at the end of the Bahrain GP in Sakhir.

"I wasn't one hundred percent, I'm sure of that. It was nice, I enjoyed the fights with a happy ending, others didn't have a happy ending because they overtook me, but I need more rhythm on my part and also more confidence. I have to get more out of it. car, brakes, running a better start… it was not bad, but there is a lot to improve on my part. Even in the pit stops, my position in the second tire change was not correct, they are small errors that I continue to make from the test and in this first race that I hope to solve and do better for the second or third race ", commented the two-time Spanish champion, 39 years old."I felt competitive"

Asked hereby, he sees potential for the Alpine: "It will be very tight in the middle zone, in a few grand prix cars will be better and in the next grand prix the scenario will be better for a different team. mix and I'm optimistic, we can have a good season, especially on some weekends that will work in our favor. I'm happy to race so close to the McLaren, in front of one Ferrari and behind the other during the first stint, I felt competitive in that group. If I look at Q3, Leclerc had six tenths over us and in the race we were in that mix. There are positive points to see in this race and we must trust, we will have better weekends sooner or later. "

A gray first grand prix in 2021 does not change Alonso's impressions: "As I said from the beginning, Alpine is a very interesting project and is in Formula 1 for big things. We knew that 2021 is a continuation of 2020, we are generating a good one streak and something more important for 2022. Enjoy this return ".

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