The Spanish rider achieved the second best time in the second morning session and in the top five of the pre-season tests at the Shakir circuit (Bahrain), two years after his last race in the World Championship.
Fernando Alonso he is already beginning to regain the respect of the F1 World Championship grid, if he ever lost it. The Asturian pilot of Alpine (Renault) it was again protagonist on the second morning session of the preseason tests held in the Sakhir circuit (Bahrain), where he managed to mark the second best time of the daya. Alonso, who wore two years (from the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP) absent from Formula 1, managed to fly his Alpine A521 on the asphalt and was 0.124 seconds behind the best time set by Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) who scored a time of 1: 32.215.
The day of Friday was marked by a sandstorm, although finally the times of the pilots were quite good. Alonso did not play it, since he was his partner Esteban Ocón the person in charge of initiating the tests with the car. On the second day today, the Asturian rider and two-time world champion, got off to a good start, completing a long run of 43 laps, finally adding 58 laps to the Sakhir circuit basically testing tire components. In the afternoon better times are expected. Alonso has jumped to the asphalt at 8:00 in the morning local (10:00 in Spain).
For his part, the Madrid driver Carlos Sainz He also completed his second day of testing with a sixth place final, at 0.857 from Ricciardo. The podium in the morning was completed by the Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull), at 0.263, ahead of the Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and from japanese Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri).
In the afternoon Fernando Alonso He got back in the car to continue the activity at the wheel of his Alpine A521. During the session this Saturday, the role of the Asturian has astonished all the members of the team. Marcin Budkowski, director of Alpine F1, has valued “more than positively” the premiere of Fernando Alonso at the wheel of his new car.
The person in charge of Alpine has pointed out in Bahrain that “The important thing is that Alonso has been in rhythm From the beginning. Times are not the main thing in some tests, but the important thing was reliability, getting back into rhythm and learning to work with this car. “Alonso’s role is important and they are satisfied with him:” The first thing is that Fernando is very motivated. He is very happy to be here. Beyond being a fast driver, he is a great professional. He has been in this sport for many years, both in Formula 1 and in other categories. He is extremely professional and extremely comprehensive in the information he passes on to the engineers, which will be useful in developing the car. “
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Another element that stands out is that “Fernando has been with us for a few months. He has already been in some races last year and has also been in the simulator. This year his preparation was slightly affected by the accident and right now traveling to the United Kingdom is Tricky, but he was in the sim for a week before coming here. He is very involved with the engineers in the development of the car this year and has also started testing to help us in the 2022 project. His experience in Formula 1, his knowledge and interaction with the engineers … He is in top form “, he explained Budkowski.
In the second round of test of the day today, Saturday, Alonso has managed to stay in the top five records.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.