Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso admits that at the moment more performance has to come from himself than from Alpine’s F1 car, but he’s sure he can already be better in this race than in the season opener.
Alonso returned after two seasons outside of Formula 1 and immediately qualified for Q3 in the Alpine A521, and in the race, he was forced to give up due to brake cooling problems. The Spaniard is returning to Imola this weekend, on the track where he last raced in an F1 car in 2006 when he finished second behind Michael Schumacher, a year after beating the same driver in an exciting duel to win.
“I’m happy with the team and the improvements we’ve brought here, I think it’s going to bring some performance,” Alonso said. "We will check in which areas we need to improve in Imola, and at the same time I probably need to improve more than the car, at the moment."
“In Bahrain, I felt I had to speed up in some things, in some procedures, like the warm-up lap, the first lap, and the boxing stop. Some things were new to me after I was gone for three years [since the end of the 2018 F1 season].
” "But now that I've taken the pressure off myself after the first race and the stress it carries, I hope I can be better here."
Alonso says he is still not sure where Alpine is in the middle of the standings compared to other teams and that they will need a few more races to make that assessment.
"Although 2021 is a continuation of the 2020 rules, we have seen that many teams have made significant changes to their cars." "I think the same goes for Alpine. We still need to understand a few areas on the car that give us different results depending on the configuration we use.
” "We need to get a little more performance out of the car and I hope that in the next few races, with new improvements, we will be able to get a little more potential." Alonso has to wait for the next race but it looks like he could show that he can still do a lot and that he only had a bad day before. Given the experience he has, we can expect much better results than the previous time, but let's wait some more.