Returning to his ecosystem, Fernando Alonso crosses the desert at eight in the morning in Bahrain, from his capital Manama, crosses the detour that connects with the access bridge to Saudi Arabia and appears at the Sakhir circuit after eight thirty in the morning accompanied by his personal physiotherapist, the Italian Edoaldo Bendinelli. According to his custom, he has risen early because you don’t want to waste a second on a crucial day. Two years later, he returns to drive a Formula 1 in competition with the other cars, the other drivers, and especially the chronometer. At five in the afternoon, more than eight hours later, his horizon is optimistic. The Alpine exRenault has not given a single problem, the car is consistent and the Spanish has caught the wave of his 18 years in F1 at the first time. Total connection. Alonso does 128 laps, two F1 races, dominates the timesheets for many laps and does not attempt a fast lap on soft tires (the red ones) like the rest of the competition. Tenth fastest time, the second with the silver wheels, without that being significant, and neither is Bottas’s first.
At 10:05 in Bahrain, Alonso takes possession of his illusions. Get back on the asphalt of F1 and hit the tar with one of the most beautiful cars on the grid, that metallic blue Alpine in the colors of the French flag and a Spanish sponsor, Mapfre.
First thing in the morning, the Spanish fans ask for the time like in football. Stop the game, because Alonso dominates the times standings and Carlos Sainz, aboard the Ferrari, is second. Anticipation of good times for F1 in our country?
The day progresses and Alonso is solid as a rock. Former Indian pilot Karun Chandhok, now a television commentator, graphically prosecutes the Spaniard. «Pilots so consistently that If you put a coin on the track, I would step on it every lap».
Before the lunch break, Alonso registers the second best time of the day with equal tires, only surpassed by Daniel Ricciardo with the McLaren. It is not difficult to venture that McLaren, with the Mercedes engine, is taking a step forward in its performance for this campaign. In this section, Alonso leads the clock for much of the morning.
In pre-season training, the number of laps around the circuit and the absence of problems count more than the time table. Each team takes advantage of the hours to do tests of all kinds, assemble the driver with the car, collect data and translate it for the future.
As the testing program for Alpine and Alonso progresses, surprises the battery of problems that Mercedes finds. Hamilton spin, red flag, gearbox mishaps, lots of minutes in the garage. It’s not typical of the usual Mercedes sweeping preseason.
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Formula 1 celebrates the return of Alonso with multiple messages on their social networks. It is a symptom. «We missed you, Fernando. A double world champion on the track », they release at the beginning. “A new king on the 2nd. A 1.32: 769 is the new best time, courtesy of Alonso,” highlights F1. «The Matador returns », praises in another tweet.
As the afternoon progresses, the teams put red wheels on the cars, fast qualifying tires, to improve the times. Alpine does not, which establishes another work program with the silver wheels, the hardest and slowest. Alonso has done 128 laps, important the data, and it is the second best time with equal tires.
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