F1: We don’t know why we were so quick in Portugal – Alonso · RaceFans


Fernando Alonso says it isn’t instantly apparent why Alpine loved their best weekend of the season to date in Portugal.

The 2-times world champion completed eighth, one place behind workforce mate Esteban Ocon, in yesterday’s race. It was the very best results of the season for each drivers to date this 12 months, however Alonso admitted the workforce “don’t know but” why they had been so fast from the primary session on the observe on Friday.

“Usually it was a superb weekend, not solely the race,” he stated. “I felt the automobile [was] rather more aggressive right here than Imola and Bahrain.

“We had been preventing with one McLaren, with one Ferrari, AlphaTauri. So positively we had been in a gaggle that we weren’t in a position to be in Imola or Bahrain. In order that was a optimistic factor.

“We felt aggressive already from FP1, we had been fifth in FP2, we may have been third in FP3. So it stays slightly bit a thriller what occurred in qualifying the place I felt not snug, I felt not the identical grip as every other session, sadly. And that compromised slightly bit my race.

“However general I’m very proud of the weekend usually and the step ahead by the efficiency of the automobile. I feel it was a superb Sunday for us as Alpine being aggressive greater than every other race to date this 12 months.”

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The various circumstances and observe layouts the groups have encountered to date this 12 months make it arduous to kind an correct view of how fast everyone seems to be, says Alonso.

Information: 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix lap charts, instances and tyres

“We’re nonetheless discovering issues on the automobile each weekend. We went into a really totally different circuit traits to date this 12 months. Very totally different circumstances as effectively from the warmth of Bahrain and the sluggish velocity corners with a mixture of lengthy straights to the damp Imola and now the windy Portimao.

“So I feel we now have to continue learning from the automobile and from our opponents as effectively, the place they’re a powerful, the place they’re weak. And that can take extra time, I feel, for everyone.”

Alonso admitted he had “quite a lot of enjoyable” and “good battles” as he labored his means ahead from thirteenth on the grid. “Within the first two races we had been battling extra in direction of the top of the midfield group, we had some battles with the Williams, with Alfa Romeo and the Ferrari, the McLaren, AlphaTauri, they had been unreachable in Bahrain and right here they had been slower than us mainly on the weekend. In order that was good.

“Three races into the season, one retirement in Bahrain sadly, and two instances within the factors, so I can not ask something extra. I’ve been studying and adapting to the workforce as fast as I can and nonetheless extra to return. From three races, two instances into factors and one retirement, I feel it’s a superb begin. However we have to get higher.”

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