09/27/2021 at 2:07 PM CEST
Fernando Alonso he feels more and more attached to his team and to Formula 1, to which he has returned after two years of absence. The Asturian rider finished sixth in the Russian GP, although were it not for the final minutes of chaos when the rain intensified, he would have even been in contention for the podium.
He was out of luck, again. But the Sochi race, with spectacular overtaking including Verstappen, left Alonso with the best sensations: “I think it was our best race of the season,” he valued, highlighting the remarkable progress that Alpine has been making since the start of the course in Bahrain, ranking as the fifth best team in the grid, with 19 points above AlphaTauri.
Alonso is very optimistic for 2022 and the rule change: “I am very proud of the progress and of what we are building, a very strong team and looking forward to next year. Hopefully the package will be competitive at the factory, but the competition team is ready to fight”, warned in Sochi.
Ferdinand He highlighted that on difficult weekends like Monza they were able to score points and on more favorable circuits they managed to finish higher than their share based on the hierarchy of the grid, led by Mercedes and Red Bull. “I think the team is. doing well optimizing things. Some weekends we seem a little less competitive, like at Monza, but we managed to get both cars in the points, other weekends like Zandvoort or here in Sochi we were sixth. In Russia we could even have been sixth. finished on the podium, so there is something that we are doing well on the weekends, especially on Sundays to score so many points sometimes without the best car, “he suggested.