Fernando Alonso: Sao Paulo Battle Tougher Than Schumacher Duel in Imola

“If in 2005 you lose the position, then it's bye bye, you cannot recover"

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Fernando Alonso: Sao Paulo Battle Tougher Than Schumacher Duel in Imola
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Fernando Alonso has detailed why his battle with Sergio Perez during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix posed a greater challenge than his legendary showdown with Michael Schumacher at Imola in 2005. The primary factor, according to Alonso, was the absence of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) at that time.

“It was easier in 2005 because it was non-DRS. So that was probably easier. Now with the DRS, it seems a little bit different and you have to play things a little bit differently as well. And tyre management is also very different than back then, where you can maybe push the tyre all the way”.

- Alonso said.

Fernando Alonso compares 2005 and 2023

The Spaniard emphasized that it used to be much more difficult to regain position and it mostly meant that you had to accept the fact that you lost position. However, now you have more opportunities and chances to regain your position, and that's what makes him happy.

“If in 2005 you lose the position, then it's bye bye, you cannot recover and here I had another chance. It has been introduced to provide a little bit better show and today is a good example of that because you get overtaken two laps from the end and then you have another chance, especially here in Brazil.

We saw yesterday as well, when there is an overtaking done into Turn 1, there is a possibility - a strong possibility - that into Turn 4 someone will get the position back. " Alonso believes that the race in Brazil is an excellent demonstration of just how thrilling Formula 1 can be, and he is elated with his own performance.

The Brazil track seems to suit his driving style exceptionally well, and he relishes the challenge it presents, which keeps him excited about the future races. “So that's why we see some very nice battles in races always in Interlagos.

It has been a spectacular weekend, as always here in Brazil. Sometimes it's the weather providing this great show and I think this weekend without any rain or any weather we saw incredible races. So there is something in this track that always give a perfect opportunity for Formula 1 to shine and it was nice”.

Source: Crash

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