Alonso distraught at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix: “The position we deserve”

Fernando Alonso had a very complicated weekend on his home soil in Spain. Its AMR-24 has shown some of its limitations which are enough to be frightening...

Published on 24/06/2024 à 13:11

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Alonso distraught at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix: “The position we deserve”

No point at home for Alonso. ©DPPI

While Fernando Alonso thought he was (finally) getting his head above water with a nice 6th place in Canada, reality quickly caught up with him once he arrived in Catalonia. The Spanish driver suffered from the first laps in Free Practice, which did not bode well for qualifying. No Q3 for the double champion, the pace was not there on Saturday. He will still start in the top 10 for the Grand Prix after application of Sergio Pérez's penalty, received after going off the track in Canada.

At the time of departure, Alonso had a little scare with Oscar piastri ; the Australian pilot came to touch his car. Following this slight contact, Nando fell to 12th place. What follows is a race to fight against his car. The Spaniard finally finished his race just outside the points, in 12th place.

« We didn't have the rhythm, explained Alonso at the end of the race. Barcelona is a circuit that puts cars in order of their performance. There is nothing to hide, after 66 laps you finish the race in the position you deserve. Today we finished 12th and that's the maximum. The car was not good all weekend, this was confirmed in the race: a lot of sliding, especially in the high-speed corners, so obviously it wears out the tires and you enter a bad spiral. So yes, a complicated weekend. »

Even though Aston Martin has made changes to its car, the team does not seem to be able to make its new parts work. The British team will have to work over the coming weeks to get out of this negative spiral.

« I think it's going to be difficult, we can't lie to ourselves, sigh Alonso. We are not in a position to score points. We need to take a step forward for the next races. Spielberg arrives in 5 days so it's not much, just like Silverstone. Sooner or later we will take a step forward and we will be able to have a better performance. »

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Eric Stevens

24/06/2024 at 02:18 a.m.

Maybe he realizes, and so does the world of F1, that he is only damaging his cars! It's always been like that, he arrives somewhere, it doesn't work too badly at the beginning, then he gets involved, gives his opinion on this or that direction or change and it works less and less well! he has specific requests (under steering in particular), which only suit him, and which are bad for performance but as he is a great driver (of Mr.'s car) we continue to listen to him and find that he goes faster than his teammates! I wrote 1 year ago what is happening today, this guy must drive in silence or leave and give his place to the young people! point !

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