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Fernando Alonso explains ‘anger’ that helped him get F1’s best comeback result so far at Portuguese GP


Fernando Alonso recovers from 13th to eighth place at the Portuguese GP; Nico Rosberg: “You could see the gladiator Alonso we all remember!” | Alonso: “Yeah, I agree with that”; The Spaniard said he was ‘angry’ on Sunday

Last updated: 02/05/21 19:30 pm



Fernando Alonso explains ‘anger’ that helped him get F1’s best comeback result so far at Portuguese GP







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Fernando Alonso made his way past Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren for ninth position.

Fernando Alonso made his way past Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren for ninth position.

Fernando Alonso said he drove “angrily” at the Portuguese GP as the two-time world champion rebounded from a disappointing qualifying and showed signs of his “gladiator” form in an improved Alpine car.

Alonso, in the third race after his return to F1, started from 13th place but climbed back to eighth place at the checkered flag, thanks to a stormy finish where he passed Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz.

It was Alonso’s best racing result since the 2018 Singapore GP.

Watching the 39-year-old Spaniard’s late push, Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg said he “could see the gladiator Alonso we all remember from the far end of the day.”

To which Alonso replied, “Kinda yeah, I agree with that.”

Fernando Alonso explains ‘anger’ that helped him get F1’s best comeback result so far at Portuguese GP

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Fernando Alonso of Alpine says he used his frustration with his qualifying performance as motivation in the race.

Fernando Alonso of Alpine says he used his frustration with his qualifying performance as motivation in the race.

Alonso, who won his two titles in 2004 and 2005 but started 2021 with a DNF in Bahrain and a 10th place in Imola, added: “I think in Bahrain I was more careful about everything to finish the first one. Grand Prize.

“Imola, I was completely… I was so uncomfortable with the car in wet conditions.

“So I think it was really the first race where I really got the most out of the car. And I was upset after qualifying yesterday, so today the anger was probably on the track too.”

It wasn’t just Alonso who shone in Portimao – but his Alpine team.

The renowned squad had enjoyed a quiet start to life after Renault this season – moving towards the back of the midfielder in the first two rounds – but finished the Portuguese GP in seventh and eighth.

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The best of the action from an exciting race in Portimao as Lewis Hamilton won his second race this season ahead of Max Verstappen.

The best of the action from an exciting race in Portimao as Lewis Hamilton won his second race this season ahead of Max Verstappen.

Esteban Ocon finished just ahead of Alonso.

“We were fighting with a McLaren, a Ferrari, things that were unthinkable in Imola and Bahrain,” said Alonso. “I think we have taken a really big step forward in terms of the performance of the car.”

The 2021 season continues with Alonso’s home race, the Spanish GP, next weekend.

“I wish this was the real pace,” Alonso said. “In Imola and Bahrain we were in a different fight, here we were with McLarens, Ferraris and AlphaTauri. We would like to continue like this.”

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