SPORT NEWS – Alonso thrilled to finish seven-year await podium

Alonso thrilled to finish seven-year await podium

Fernando Alonso ended a seven-year await a podium with third place within the Qatar Grand Prix and admits it has felt like a very long time coming.

The double world champion returned to Formulation 1 this season after two years out, having ended his earlier spell with a tricky time at McLaren. However Alpine has had a variety of standout races and was notably robust in Qatar, with Alonso overtaking Pierre Gasly on the primary lap earlier than holding off a late cost from Sergio Perez to complete third.

“It feels good — clearly a protracted wait from the final podium, 2014, so I’m blissful for this one,” Alonso stated. “We executed race, a one-stop technique, and the automobile was nice all weekend lengthy. Yesterday in qualifying the tempo clearly helped to begin on the entrance, additionally with the penalties of this morning. We overtook Gasly in Flip 2, that additionally helped our race to have little bit cleaner air.

“Lastly we obtained it. We have been shut in a few races however not sufficient — Sochi was the final risk. Right now, actually I believed I could possibly be main after lap 1 — I believed with the purple tire I may have a go at Lewis (Hamilton), however I couldn’t. Then with Checo it was very shut on the finish however I’m very blissful for the workforce, additionally Esteban (Ocon) in P5, so it was Sunday.

“I’m having fun with it and f***, I used to be ready so lengthy for this, so I’m blissful.”

Third and fifth for Alpine strikes it 25 factors away from AlphaTauri after Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda failed to attain at Losail, and Alonso admits such a achieve within the battle for fifth may show essential.

“We didn’t count on this — we have been pondering of little or no factors between us right here, Saudi, Abu Dhabi, however now these 25 factors makes issues a bit of simpler for us. However we can’t loosen up, something can occur these subsequent two occasions so we have to hold the main focus excessive and ship extra factors for the championship.”

Alonso battles with Perez en route to 3rd. Zak Mauger/Motorsport Pictures

Alonso believes the rostrum can be an indication of how effectively Alpine is progressing because it targets a giant step ahead beneath new laws subsequent season.

“It has been a protracted wait — your profession typically goes up and down, I had great moments, two or three years in the past — successful Le Mans, successful the World Endurance Championship and so on. — however coming again now in preparation for 2022 and the brand new guidelines and to have this podium now on the finish of the yr feels very nice and I feel we’re extra prepared than what we have been 10 months in the past.”


SPORT NEWS – Alonso thrilled to finish seven-year await podium


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