Alonso: Harder to improvise in F1 than in WEC and IndyCar


Two-time world champion Alonso returned to F1 for 2021 with Alpine after spending the final two years exploring classes away from grand prix racing.

The Spaniard received the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice with Toyota in 2018 and 2019, in addition to capturing the World Endurance Championship title.

He has twice raced on the Indianapolis 500, most just lately in 2020 as a part of his push to finish the Triple Crown of Motorsport, and likewise competed within the Dakar Rally final yr.

Alonso launched into exploring different classes in a bid to turn into extra rounded as a racing driver, and located it simpler to improvise exterior of F1 because of the disciplined routine of a grand prix weekend.

“There are numerous issues that you would be able to study from every other expertise, away from System 1,” Alonso stated.

“As a result of System 1 could be very closed surroundings, you repeat the identical factor each two weeks and the identical actual routine each two weeks. Your driving model will get in a manner the identical for through the years, and also you simply comply with in a manner the instruction out of your crew.

“They’re optimising the whole lot within the automobile, and they’re optimising as effectively your driving model, so they’re telling you what to do – the place to save lots of the tyres, the place to save lots of the vitality on the battery, the place to carry out the burnouts, what number of to do earlier than the beginning.

“All the things is so managed that you’re not in a position to improvise many issues on a System 1 weekend.”

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Alonso defined how the multi-class and added teammate parts of endurance racing taught him new abilities, in addition to going to larger depths in race preparations for the Indy 500.

“In endurance racing, it’s a must to be your self, rather more than [in] every other race automobile. You’re discovering site visitors somewhere else on totally different laps, in several time of the day, for each single lap,” Alonso stated.

“Each time you bounce within the automobile, it’s a must to share rather more together with your teammates. There may be much more crew work on endurance racing than System 1, so there are issues that you’re studying, and you take that totally different method to your future adventures in motorsport.

“The identical in IndyCar, I feel the extent of element that it’s a must to attain by way of setup, by way of preparation for the Indy 500 race, is far greater than any System 1 occasion.

“The automobiles are the identical, and small particulars can have an effect on the driving model, the efficiency, the overtaking alternatives. It’s important to anticipate a few of the issues that can occur within the subsequent two or three laps.

“There are numerous classes that you just study in several classes that hopefully you may apply in System 1, or I can apply sooner or later.”


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