Why Alonso is able to enjoy F1 more now than when he left · RaceFans


Fernando Alonso confirmed all of the verve of a two-times System 1 world champion within the two-lap dash to the end which ended final week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix,”

Having lined up tenth on the restart, the Alpine driver picked off Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Yuki Tsunoda. With Lewis Hamilton slithering off on the first nook, that secured an sudden sixth place for Alonso.

It’s his finest outcome since returning to System 1 following a two-year absence. However even earlier than Sunday’s race, Alonso stated he was having fun with the game extra now than he was when he left.

“When it comes to happiness or how I really feel coming again, it’s higher than I anticipated,” stated Alonso in Baku. “Actually, I’m having fun with a lot each weekend, having fun with driving a lot.

“The weekends that we don’t have racing I miss the grand prix. So now that we now have three races, France and to Austria, I’ll take pleasure in it as a result of I just like the back-to-back.”

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Alonso left System 1 on the finish of the 2018 season. Though he left open the opportunity of a return, he wished to benefit from the chance to participate in different sequence whereas he had the possibility to take action competitively.

Throughout these two years he ticked off a number of occasions which belong on any skilled racer’s bucket record. Alonso raced from Indianapolis to Dakar, and scooped the highest prizes in endurance racing, Alonso feels free to take pleasure in himself again in F1.

Now he’s again in System 1, having had these experiences is permitting him to higher admire being again in grand prix racing.

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“The 2 years out of the game was wanted for me,” Alonso defined. “After 18 seasons in System 1 continuous, full dedication. It was too demanding at one level.

Fernando Alonso, Toyota, Le Mans, 2018
He now has two Le Mans victories with Toyota

“I had in my head different challenges with Le Mans, with Daytona, with the World Endurance Championship risk, et cetera. I needed to do these in a means and tick these containers to to be completely satisfied and to be free to return again and revel in it.

“Till I used to be not doing these challenges, I felt that I used to be dropping time in F1 for a few of the final seasons earlier than ’18. As soon as these challenges had been accomplished, now I’m freer, in a means, to take pleasure in each weekend right here.”

He has additionally loved a easy reunion with the crew which, as Renault, he scored his two world championship successes. “I believe the crew is wonderful,” he stated.

The environment we now have now, what motivation we now have within the crew in Enstone, in Viry, the laborious work that everybody is placing in, how we strategy each weekend, how we strategy the little success that we now have some weekends and the way we strategy the unhealthy moments in another weekends, you realize we’re all united in the identical path. And this feels superb each week.”

Alonso hasn’t had a race-winning automotive below him since his penultimate yr at Ferrari, in 2013, when he got here second to Sebastian Vettel within the championship. Racing within the midfield is “a totally completely different sport”, he says.

“All you do when you will have a bundle that won’t win the championship, is to prepare for that second. You simply just be sure you are enhancing each single day, all of the weaknesses of the automotive, the weaknesses of your driving model, the beginning process, the pit cease, all of the issues across the weekend that should be prepared when you will have a aggressive bundle finally, at some point.

The twice-champion grabbed a tremendous sixth in Baku

“So you realize, when you will have a successful risk automotive. I believe that’s the magic of the game till that day is only a preparation for that second, so you modify so much in the way you strategy the weekend.”

Alonso’s rejuvenating spell outdoors System 1 additionally introduced his solely victories since 2013. For a driver as aggressive as Alonso, this additionally supplied important further motivation.

“That is very comparable for aggressive individuals, they like to win in no matter [they] do in life,” he stated. “It’s not solely associated to F1 or motorsport.

“I believe when you’ve tasted the victory, then you’ll hate dropping for the remainder of your life. And that’s sufficient motivation, I believe.”

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