"It's exciting to see Alonso extremely motivated"

Rossi, CEO of Alpine, confirms the Asturian's "total recovery" for the tests. Brivio: "Your attitude is welcome on this team."


A week of express testing in Formula 1, just three days in which all the activity that was usually spread over two weeks will be condensed. Bahrain will host training sessions from Friday to Sunday, although the teams have traveled in the last hours to settle there until the grand prix is played (March 28). The participation of Fernando Alonso in these tests was never in danger, although it will be important to confirm on the track the good sensations and the total recovery after the fracture in the maxilla.

There is expectation to see the Spaniard, 39, in the Alpine A521 that Ocon already premiered at Silverstone. Also from within the team, according to Laurent Rossi, CEO of the French company: "Fernando is very well, he had a bad incident with the bicycle but he was lucky and the damage did not go beyond his jaw. Despite the surgery and the care Fernando is fully operational, and it was a surprise that he recovered so soon. He confirmed to us immediately after the accident that he would be in Bahrain and he was right, because he is absolutely fine. We are looking forward to seeing him in the car this week. "

"It would not have been the most efficient for me to drive in the Silverstone shakedown, when what we wanted was a full recovery, especially considering the travel restrictions" between Switzerland and the United Kingdom, justifies Marcin Budkowski, executive director of the Racing team and the only one of the Alpine F1 senior leadership that already worked with the Asturian in the last months of 2020, when he joined the Renault discipline and participated in various tests. Cyril Abiteboul is now a thing of the past at Enstone.

His attitude is welcome

Among the new faces, Davide Brivio celebrates having a two-time world champion in a team that aspires to be one again: "It is exciting to see Fernando, an extremely motivated great champion. I see it when I talk to him, how strong he is it is his desire to come back. If we can give him a good car, he will be able to fight for a good position. " If not? "I don't think it is difficult to work with Fernando, he seems like a very normal and highly motivated person, wanting to do whatever it takes to get the best out of the car and the team."

"He does not return to ride, he returns to achieve good results and satisfaction. He is demanding, but we need this type of driver to give our best. This attitude is welcome," says Brivio, who avoids the debate between first and second driver as unnecessary. The whole paddock knows what role Alonso will play in Alpine: "A reference like Fernando will be very useful for Esteban. They will respect each other and that will raise the level of the team."

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