The French GP. That is the Grand Prix that Fernando Alonso marks to start his new F1 World Championship. At the moment, after the fifth round of the year, the Spaniard is in full adaptation and marks the seventh round of the championship as a turning point. It does so for two reasons: the complexity of the circuits with which the F1 calendar has started after two years away from the ‘Great Circus’, and above all, because of the novelties that it expects. Alpine I mounted him in the car to be more competitive and be able to squeeze more out of the car. This was assured by Mundo Deportivo’s question from the Oviedo after the Monaco F1 GP, at the team press conference Alpine.
The Spaniard said in Barcelona that he would soon have “some new things to better adapt his style” to the car with which he believes “I can be more competitive and get the most out of the car.” He said then that they would not arrive for Monaco, but that they would be “in the next races”. Will they be in Baku? Alonso responds.
“I think it will be more for when it is not a street circuit. Baku would not be a good time. In this sense, the start of the championship is not the best possible schedule. There was Imola, Portimao, two circuits in which I had not driven for many years or never like in Portimao and the rest of the pilots who had driven there for a few months in the last championship. And then, two urban circuits, Monaco and Baku. So the first 6 races of the championship have been a tough challenge to get used to. So from France I hope a new championship starts for me. And from the point of the steering wheel (power steering) I hope I have something that allows me to feel a little better the balance of the car and to be able to have better feedback than I feel now “commented the Spanish.
What are the improvements that Alonso expects?
“This car has a different approach to power steering assistance. I am used to a different type of assistance in the direction and this is something that I will finally have in the car on my side of the garage and I think it will be one more step forward in my adaptation, ”Alonso said weeks ago, something that Pedro de la Rosa translated for this newspaper.
“For the rider it is very important to feel the front tire and you can feel it mainly thanks to the assistance of the power steering. And if it is not the correct one, you are very lost when you jump into a curve because you do not know if you are going to go straight or the tire accepts that speed and you are going to do the curve, “said the Catalan to explain why Fernando I would be waiting for such improvements.
Fernando does not understand what happens with the tires
The Asturian maximized in the race of Monaco her options on a date that was already heavily compromised by her delayed starting position. He did his best. On a circuit where overtaking is very difficult, he gained two positions at the start and one in the strategy to finish 13th. In that sense, Fernando highlighted his good start, happy to feel more and more comfortable with the car’s exit system and the buttons on the steering wheel.
“I think in the last two or three races I have had one of the best starts on the grid, so I think we are going in the right direction in this area. So yes, we are putting things and pieces together “, expressed in this regard to MD.
However, he did show many more doubts regarding the different performance of many riders depending on the tires and the characteristics of the same track during the same weekend.
“We will see in the following races. I don’t think it’s a matter of luck, because there is something that affects more people, people in the back in FP2, people in FP3, in Q2 … a lot of people. I spoke with Checo Pérez this morning to ask why he was the fastest in FP1 and then he is ninth in FP3. Has no sense. But then today he was fighting for the podium. So it’s not that he forgets to drive from FP1 to qualifying and then he remembers to drive in the race again ”, he told ‘Cadena Cope’
“Why are all these variables happening during a weekend? As I said, it is not a matter of luck. We have to understand it, ”he added.
I am not worried. There are still 18 races left in the championship and we will do the math in December
But I am not worried. I have been strong all weekend compared to the first weekends and I am happy and I was stronger in the race when yesterday (in qualifying) nothing worked. There are still 18 races left in the championship and we will do the math in December and not now “Fernando concluded, confident that he will soon be able to perform at his best level.