At the recent Dutch Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso and his Aston Martin team put on quite a show. It was their most dazzling performance since the Canadian GP in June. The Spanish driver navigated his way to second place, hot on the heels of Max Verstappen, especially after the race resumed post-red flag.
While Alonso has mostly played his cards close to his chest this season regarding his team’s performance, he couldn’t contain his optimism during his in-lap. “A win’s coming. We’re almost there,” he boldly claimed.
His podium finish at Zandvoort marked his seventh this year and the third time he’s snagged a runner-up spot in the 2023 season. When queried by F1 Flow.com about his optimistic in-lap comments, Alonso explained, “On some weekends, we’re catching up. Take Zandvoort, for instance, or the other races where we finished second—we were on the cusp of victory. We’re up against the formidable combo of Max and Red Bull, who seem bulletproof. We just need a smidgen more—be it in performance, luck, or making a perfectly timed pit stop. That’s why I felt optimistic after Zandvoort.”
He went on to add, “You know, when I radio in, I forget the whole world is eavesdropping. I’d prefer those comments to stay between me and my engineer. Nonetheless, that’s how I felt. Hopefully, we’ll find ourselves in a position to duke it out with Max in the upcoming races. If the opportunity presents itself, I might just roll the dice.”
Mike Krack, the Aston Martin team principal, was all thumbs-up regarding Alonso’s upbeat statements. “It’s a morale booster, not just for the team, but for all the fans listening in,” he remarked when asked by F1 Flow.com. “There’s nothing like a pep talk to lift spirits. But it’s one thing to talk the talk; we’ve got to walk the walk. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to close the gap and make our aspirations a reality.”
Pressed on whether Aston Martin has what it takes to unseat Verstappen and Red Bull, Krack conceded, “Look, Max and his car are a force to be reckoned with. Fernando hit the nail on the head—perhaps their prowess isn’t even fully appreciated. The bar’s been set pretty high. It’s not about hoping for them to falter; it’s about us stepping up. We’ve missed several opportunities in the past few races to be in a winning position. Humility and hard work are our mantras moving forward.”
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So there you have it, folks. Alonso’s willing to gamble a bit, and the Aston Martin team is inching toward that elusive first win. Will Lady Luck give them a wink, or will they remain the eternal bridesmaids of F1? Either way, it’s sure to be a high-octane drama worth tuning in for.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fernando Alonso F1 Triumph
What was the highlight of Alonso’s recent performance at the Dutch Grand Prix?
Alonso had a strong showing at the Dutch Grand Prix, where he secured a second-place finish. He was particularly competitive after the race