Alonso: We are far from repeating the podium from two years ago, but it will be demanding for everyone


The Spanish Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin), double Formula One world champion, declared to EFE this Thursday, at the Lusail circuit, home of the Qatar Grand Prix – the seventeenth of the year – that he believes they are “far” from repeat the podium he achieved two seasons ago at the circuit on the outskirts of Doha, but he said that “this weekend”, with a sprint format, “is going to be very demanding for everyone.”

“I think we will be further away than close to repeating the result from two years ago here, because then we got on the podium. And it would be a bit of optimism to say that we aspire to the podium, to be honest. But it’s going to be a very demanding weekend for everyone. the world, without a doubt, with these (very high) temperatures and with only one free practice session,” the Asturian double world champion responded to Efe during the official press conference of the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation) that took place this Thursday in the aforementioned circuit, located a few kilometers from the stadium of the same name in which Lionel Messi’s Argentina was proclaimed world soccer champion less than a year ago, after beating Kylian’s France in the final after penalties. Mbappé.

“No one is going to reach the qualification (this Friday night) at one hundred percent. There is not enough time to reach the maximum. So if one reaches sixty percent and another reaches ninety percent, there are still more possibilities “said Alonso, in a second youth at 42 years old, who – with seven podiums so far this season – is fourth in the World Cup.

“But in any case, I think it could be a weekend more similar to that of Suzuka,” Fernando, who two Sundays ago, did not go beyond eighth place in the Japanese Grand Prix despite having a spectacular start, told Efe. “In any case, it could be an interesting weekend,” he added.

The man from Oviedo described what he thinks it might be like to drive in Lusail – where F1 did not race last year – with the new generation of cars. “I think the car will feel good here,” he said.

“It is a very nice track to drive, with fast corners, where you get a lot of adrenaline. This time it will be different, because almost everything has changed compared to two years ago. The facilities are new, and there are changes on the track Apart from the heat, the main question will be the asphalt and the dirt that could enter the track,” he noted.

“McLaren is coming strong, it’s clear. But sometimes things change and some circuits are better than others; and other times it’s the other way around. It’s better for us that they come ‘over-confident’, it’s clear,” Alonso said this Thursday. in Lusail, where two years ago he achieved his first podium since his return to F1, prior to the seven he has this year, to complete, for now, a total of 105.

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