After fourteen races, Fernando Alonso still has no regrets about his return to Formula 1. The two-time world champion says he is “enjoying” racing in the premier class again: “The cars are great.”
Alonso returned to Formula 1 this season after retiring in 2018. The two-time world champion only wanted to return if he could join a team that could compete for victories and the championship, and believed that Alpine was the right project. He made no secret of the fact that he would focus on the 2022 season, when the new rules are introduced and could potentially turn the rankings upside down.
“At this stage, most teams, if not all teams, are already focused on next season with the new rules,” said Alonso. “Our aim is to consolidate our position in the Constructors’ Championship now that we have strong competition from Aston Martin and AlphaTauri. We have to keep taking double points finishes like we did in Italy and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.” Alpine is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings with 95 points, with AlphaTauri as its closest competitor with 84 points. Aston Martin is a lot further behind with 59 points, although Sebastian Vettel’s eighteen points in Hungary – if he had not been disqualified – could have changed that picture considerably.
After fourteen races, Alonso does not regret his return. “It’s been a long season, but I’m really enjoying racing again,” said Alonso. “The cars are great and the atmosphere we are building within the team is very positive. We have our hopes for next season, but for now we have to enjoy the rest of the season and I will keep pushing to get the best out of myself and the car,” the Spaniard concluded.