Admitting that his return to F1 is proving “tougher than anticipated”, whereas insisting that he’s having fun with his return, Fernando Alonso believes a part of the issue is adapting to the Alpine “philosophy”.
Whereas it hasn’t precisely been a humid squib, Fernando Alonso’s return to the F1 grid hasn’t been fairly as thrilling as anticipated.
Granted, the Alpine A521 hasn’t been the revelation we had hoped for, however nonetheless after 5 rounds, the two-time world champion trails his teammate, Esteban Ocon by 7 factors and has been out-qualified by the Frenchman 4 occasions.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard refuses to get disheartened.
“I believe truthfully the quantity of pleasure and the quantity of pleasure might be greater than what I anticipated,” he tells Racer.
“I am actually having fun with each lap on the market,” he continues. “And I am having fun with the preparation, I am having fun with the conferences concerning the setup of the automotive, I am having fun with issues that earlier than, have been the worst a part of the weekend.
“Now I am actually having fun with even that concerning the weekend,” he insists. “Not solely the monitor time, the off-track I am additionally having fun with just a little bit greater than the previous. So I am shocked about that, since you can not plan what you’ll really feel once you come again.
“On the driving and the outcomes, possibly I discovered it just a little bit tougher than I most likely anticipated,” he admits.
“It isn’t that I took it without any consideration that the outcomes have been coming routinely. I knew that the preparation was wanted and the hours within the simulator and the 2018 exams in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have been wanted, so I anticipated this, however I am nonetheless struggling to maximise the potential of the automotive.”
The Spaniard believes that a part of the issue is adapting to the French workforce, pointing to Daniel Ricciardo and Ocon, who each initially struggled on becoming a member of the Enstone-based outfit with which he gained each of his titles.
“I believe it has one thing to do with the Renault/Alpine philosophy as effectively,” he says. “Many of the drivers that got here right here, of their first 12 months they have been struggling.
“So, there’s something that, we expect we’ve got some concept what the reason for it’s, however it wants possibly extra time than after I signed final 12 months to return again.
“I assumed that inside three or 4 races I might be at 100%, and I believe it is going to take eight or 9.”