F1: Alpine has "the potential to be a champion team", according to Alonso

Fernando Alonso doesn’t know when this could happen, but the Spanish driver believes his team, Alpine, are on track to claim a Formula 1 title in the future.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine) ‘s return to Formula 1 has not been quite a dream so far. Even if the Spanish driver noticed some progress in his car during the last Grand Prix, which he finally finished tenth in Italy, scoring a first point, after the penalty imposed on Kimi Räikkönen. But he was forced to retire on the Sakhir circuit (Bahrain) at the end of the first weekend of the season, too. The record therefore remains insufficient for the double world champion who nevertheless considered himself “better than ever” and ready to compete for the podium this season.

Alonso: “We are in a good project”

Fernando Alonso has not yet managed to maximize the strengths of his car, but he is not discouraged and believes that the potential to be exploited is very real. Asked by the British television channel Channel 4, the 39-year-old driver believes in any case in the viability of the project carried by the French team: “I think the team is renewed, motivated and has the potential to be a team champion in the future. I’m sure. I don’t know if it will take two, five or seven years, but we are in a good project (with Esteban Ocon, his teammate) and I am enjoying it. “

World champion in 2005 and 2006, Fernando Alonso spent two years outside F1. He took the opportunity to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 and 2019, the world Endurance title in 2018-2019 and to participate in the Indianapolis 500 or even the Dakar. Operated after a bicycle accident in February, he has two titanium plates in his upper jaw but claims to have not been hampered in his preparation. The revenant will have to fight above all to maximize the strengths of his Alpine single-seater (ex-Renault).


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