Fernando Alonso did himself and his team a good service by finishing third in Qatar. He also started from there, after penalties for Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. He eventually managed to keep the steaming Sergio Perez, who had started eleventh, behind him.
“Seven years, seven years! Finally we have that podium! We were close a few times. In Sochi for example. Here I hoped to lead on my soft tire after lap one and pass Lewis, but I couldn’t. With Checo In the end, it was very exciting at the end,” he exults afterwards.
One stopper brought success
It was tense for a while, because the Spaniard tried to make a one-stop work. Behind him, some drivers suffered from flat tires, but the Alpine man managed to finish the race without experiencing any fearful moments.
“We wanted to do a one-stop from the start. We didn’t know what the wear and tear would be like because it’s a new race for everyone. But it all went well. The pit stop was fantastic, the team was great, the reliability is flawless. The team deserves this!”
All in all, a very happy Alonso, who is of course no longer the youngest at 40 years old. “I’m really enjoying Formula 1. I’ve been waiting for this for so long. So I’m happy. I’m also very happy for the team. Esteban also finished fifth, so it’s a good Sunday,” he concluded. the two-time world champion.