The Qatar Grand Prix was again a unique event in Formula 1: Fernando Alonso was the thirteenth driver of the year to climb the podium. The Spaniard finished third on the Losail International Circuit, seven years, three months and twenty-five days after his last place of honor. While the eyes are mainly focused on the blistering title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, former Formula 1 champion Alain Prost breaks a lance for the Spaniard.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best driver on the field. The overview he has is incredible, as is the feel for the tires, what kind of feedback he gives about the car and how he feeds the engineers,” Prost said. Auto, Motor und Sport. Many reacted skeptically when the Spaniard’s return was announced. Prost also admits that he had his doubts: “Fernando has told me time and again that he has become a different person. I have to admit, he’s right. He puts himself completely at the service of the team and that does the team well.”
Alonso feels ready for F1 title fight
The goal of the two-time world champion for the coming years is clear: to compete again for the main prizes. Alonso is interested in a title fight with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, he said after his podium place in Qatar: “It is difficult to predict what will happen in the coming years, but I would love to be involved in a fight with them. Next year is a big reset, so it’s up to us to produce a fast car. It’s not like this year, which is a continuation of last season. By 2022 everyone will have the same cards in their hands, so we have to play it smarter and hopefully produce a fast car. When we are in that position, I feel ready to fight. We will see.”