The two-time champion put up an impressive battle against Mercedes in Melbourne.
The Spaniard shared, “I am gutted with this weekend, to be honest. It’s hard to accept the result after the bad luck we had in Saudi and again here in Melbourne. Today we were looking good for possibly sixth place, and of course the podium was even on the cards before yesterday’s issue in qualifying. The strategy was good today and the car felt strong on the Hard tyre.”
Starting in P10 and coming out on hard tyres, he propelled to P4. Fernando took a chance in lap 39 to switch from the hards to mediums. The tyres didn’t last forcing him to stop again in lap 53 and finish in P17.
There was amazing action with George Russell that excited the crowd Down Under. The Alpine appeared faster than the Silver Arrows. Talk about being unlucky.
Alonso added, “The pace was there with everyone stopping on the Mediums around us, but then the Safety Car regrouped the field and it effectively ended our race. Overtaking was difficult today and especially with the DRS train towards the end of the race. We degraded our Medium tyres in this train, so we needed to stop again. There are twenty more races to go and hopefully luck will shift in our favour for the rest of the season!”
At present, Fernando is 14th with two points in the driver standings.
Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO said, “We are generally disappointed with today’s result, however, it’s a good sign that we’re not satisfied as it underlines how far we have progressed as a team. We know that we had the speed, and the potential, for a much better result with both cars today but the race weekend just didn’t quite unfold in our direction. The track proved very difficult for overtaking, especially in comparison to the previous two races, and we knew that Saturday’s qualifying result would play a huge part in the outcome of Sunday’s race. With our cars starting in eighth and tenth, it was always going to be a challenge to make an advance on those places.”
When the Enstone-based team gets car consistency up to speed, the #14 car could finish higher up on the grid.
He stated, “After some early promise, the Safety Car was especially unfortunate for Fernando who was managing a quiet, but effective, reverse strategy on Hard to Medium. Overall, we’ve shown we are competitive, and we will keep building on the good base that we have, especially by bringing some upgrades to upcoming races to enable us to keep fighting higher up the grid. For that, we will work on consistency in order to get both cars into the points. I’m confident in everyone at Enstone and Viry to continue their hard work in pushing this team deservedly forwards. We move onto the next one when we race in Europe again in Imola. Our team is very much in the mix and it is up to us now to remain highly motivated in this championship contest.”
Alpine is sitting 5th with 22 points in the constructor standings. The team heads to Imola in a decent place. We’re 8 days away!
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