Components 1 2021: Fernando Alonso in ‘greatest form’ of profession as he prepares for F1 return
Fernando Alonso mentioned he was within the ‘greatest form I’ve ever been earlier than, each bodily and mentally,’ following the digital Alpine 2021 automobile launch in Britain.
London: Fernando Alonso mentioned Tuesday he was in the perfect form of his profession as he prepares to finish his two-year Components One exile with the repackaged Alpine workforce.
The double world champion had surgical procedure on his damaged jaw after he was concerned in a biking accident in Switzerland final month.
However he mentioned he was within the “greatest form I’ve ever been earlier than, each bodily and mentally,” following the digital Alpine 2021 automobile launch in Britain.
The Alpine workforce, which was Renault – and can nonetheless race with a Renault engine – completed fifth within the constructors’ championship final season with Daniel Riccardo, who has been changed by Alonso, coming fifth within the drivers’ championship.
“I have been getting ready myself for this comeback for fairly some time now and I’ve contemporary motivation,” mentioned Alonso, who was world champion in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.
Alonso will workforce up with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, with former Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat introduced because the workforce’s reserve driver.
The 39-year-old left F1 in 2018 to set his sights on changing into solely the second driver after Britain’s Graham Hill to finish the so-called Triple Crown – profitable the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and Indy 500.
Though he tasted success within the well-known sportscar endurance race in 2018 and 2019 he has not been in a position to crack the Indy 500.
However Alonso, whose final drive in F1 was for McLaren in 2018, mentioned he had grow to be a extra full driver in his time away.
“You always study once you push your self to new limits and if you find yourself out of your consolation zone,” he mentioned. “Surely, I am a extra competent driver now than two years in the past.”
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Ocon completed twelfth within the drivers’ standings in 2020 however loved his first podium on the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, the place he completed second.
“I’m hungry to construct on the success of 2020,” he mentioned. “I’ve that podium feeling and I’m eager to get that again.
“We wish to intention for extra type throughout all kind of tracks.
Renault chief Luca de Meo described the brand new Alpine line-up as a “magnificent duo”.
“Fernando Alonso, he has come again house 20 years after he made his debut with us,” he mentioned.
“He is a two-time world champion and a world star. He brings us his velocity, tenaciousness, his will, his expertise, his expertise, his dedication.
“Esteban Ocon is a star within the making. He brings his expertise in full ascent in addition to his combating spirit and funky head, his humility and consistency.”
The chassis of the brand new A521, in-built Enstone in Britain, which would be the workforce headquarters, is an evolution of final 12 months’s RS20.
Essentially the most hanging distinction is an entire change in livery. As a substitute of the acquainted yellow and black the automobiles are painted crimson, white and blue to mirror each the French and British flags.
Pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain from March 12 to14, with the season-opening grand prix within the kingdom on March 28.
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