Fernando Alonso is considered by many Formula 1 fans to be a difficult character. Alpine race director Davide Brivio explains that the Spaniard is simply “extremely motivated.”

Fernando Alonso returns to Formula 1 this season after a two-year absence. Some wonder whether the Spaniard, at his age (40), still has the necessary motivation for the premier class. Davide Brivio, however, has no doubts.

“He’s not coming back just to drive a car. He’s coming back to get good results.”

Davide Brivio, Alpine F1 race director

Alonso is returning to a “difficult sport” and the “most difficult championship” of all after his time out of Formula 1. This shows how great the Spaniard’s motivation is.

Fernando Alonso has never been away from motorsport since he left McLaren in 2018. Alonso won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in 2018 and 2019, among others, and he was also victorious at the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona and also became World Endurance Champion.

Many observers of the premier class regard Alonso as a difficult character. His public criticism of the Honda engine (“GP2 engine”) during his McLaren days, for example, is unforgettable. But Brivio is quite relaxed. When asked if Alonso is a difficult driver, he answers: “No, I don’t think so.”

In the first talks, Alonso had seemed like a “completely normal guy”. “He is just extremely motivated. He is quite demanding, but I like that. We need a driver like that who wants to get the maximum out of it. So, I welcome that attitude. We have to try to work together as much as possible to bring out his skills and potential.”

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