“I’m ready to fight for the World Cup”. Fernando Alonso he found the elixir he had long won agonistically speaking in the Grand Prix of Qatar held last Sunday at the Losail circuit. Starting from the third position from the second row due to the penalties inflicted on Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, the Alpine driver produced the usual aggressive start in which at the same time he closed the door to Max Verstappen in Turn-2, passing to the Pierre Gasly winger thus conquering the second position. Then he built the conditions for the podium by extending the first stint on soft tires with impressive times. Once the hard tires were mounted, he tried to resist Sergio Perez without exaggerating and the Mexican’s second stop opened the doors to the Asturian for a well-deserved podium, the 98th in his career, more than seven years after the one torn in Hungary. in 2014 at the wheel of Ferrari, when he was second behind Daniel Ricciardo.
“It is always frustrating to realize that with a talent of this level he has only won two world titles“, Ross Brawn said in the usual editorial in which Liberty Media’s head of the sports area releases his views following each race weekend. The 1981-born driver won two consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006 at the wheel of Renault, beating in the first case Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) and then Michael Schumacher (Ferrari). In 2007 he lost the tug-of-war between poisons with fellow boxing mate in Woking Lewis Hamilton – between the two quarrels who enjoyed it was Kimi Raikkonen – then in 2010 and 2012 he saw the Ferrari driver’s run-up in favor of Sebastian vanish. Vettel and Red Bull.
Now he dreams in 2022 of challenging Hamilton and Max Verstappen again, a talent with whom esteem is mutual: “Who knows that the race in Qatar will not give us an Alonso on the grid longer than expected – added Brawn – it was really exciting to see him so fast and performing at the wheel of the Alpine. He is in his element and such a competitive Alonso is good for the whole category ”.
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