FORMULA 1

Alonso rates current F1 season even better than his title-winning ones

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Fernando Alonso has rated his current Formula 1 season with Alpine as one of his best two seasons in F1 ever.

Fernando Alonso made his debut with Minardi in 2001 before going to Renault in 2003. With Renault, Alonso secured his two world championships in 2005 and 06′.

Alonso has not won any F1 world championships ever since. The Spaniard will be completing 349 race starts at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso is currently fighting in midfield this season. The Alpine driver is 9th on the driver’s standings with 59 points to his name so far. Nevertheless, the 41-year-old has rated his current season as one of his best ever:

I do enjoy, for sure. I am happy with the performance this year.

“We would love to fight for championships or podiums or race wins, but we don’t have that possibility yet.

“We lost a good 40 to 50 points at the beginning of the year with reliability issues and with those points, the situation in the championship would be different, also with McLaren in the fight for the constructors.”

“I am happy and proud of the performance, and I think together with 2012 [his third season with Ferrari], probably they have been my best two seasons, even higher than the championships ones when we had a dominant car in those years.”

The Spaniard will be starting 6th on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix. He has a strong chance of again scoring important points for the team.

Alonso feels that for a podium, Alpine needs help from rivals

Fernando Alonso recently announced his move to Aston Martin for the 2023 season. Nevertheless, the 41-year-old struggled to adapt to his car when he made a comeback last year. This year, however, he seems to be enjoying the new cars thanks to regulation changes.

In starting races, his weekends were ruined due to poor strategic calls and reliability issues. Nevertheless, now the Spaniard has found consistency. Alonso has scored points in each of the last 10 races and feels the podium is just round the corner, but some “help” is needed:

 “We found some consistency, even though the last 10 races were not completely out of trouble for us.

“One of those was Barcelona, we changed the engine, we started last. One was Austria, where the car didn’t start in the sprint race.

“We still need to improve things to have clean weekends and if we do we will be in the points.

“We are in the same place as we have been all year long, we are right behind the top three teams, so our natural position is seventh or eighth.

“We need help from cars in front [to achieve podiums].”

Can Alonso finally get a podium at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix? With multiple drivers facing grid penalties and starting from back Alonso does have a chance.

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