Fernando Alonso is already a veteran of the sport, but he still thinks that he has to improve his performance rather than developing the car to make it faster.
After two sabbatical years in which he tried to win the triple crown, the Spaniard came back to Formula 1 with the re-branded team Alpine.
After debuting in Bahrain, Alonso has already recognized some areas he needs to improve if he wants to perform better in the future.
“I think, in a way, it is more grip and more power that you always need to improve the lap time, and it’s no different in our team,” he said.
“Balance-wise the car was quite okay in Bahrain, every circuit will have different performance for different teams so we need to check how we look here and the next two-three GPs will be important to check all the windows of the car and different performance we may see from the midfield.
“But I’m happy with the team, updates here will bring some performance to the car, and we will check where are the areas that we have to improve in Imola.
“At the same time, I need to improve myself more than the car probably because in Bahrain I felt that I needed to speed up in procedures – first lap, formation lap, pit stop – things that were new to me after three years and I guess with that weight off the shoulders after the first race and the first time again I hope I can perform better here.”
Alonso also added that thanks to the experience he gained while competing in other categories it is now easier for him to understand how to get more out of himself.
“I think there are many things that you can learn from other experiences away from F1. F1 is a very closed environment, and let’s say you repeat the same thing every two weeks and the same routine every two weeks. The driving style gets, in a way, the same over the years, and you just follow these instructions from your team so that you are optimizing everything in the car, and they are optimizing as well your driving style.
“Everything is so controlled that you are not able to improvise many things on a Formula 1 weekend. I think in endurance racing you have to be yourself much more than any other race car, in a way, you are fighting traffic in different places, on different laps, at different times of day, for every single lap.
“Or every time you jump in the car, you have to share more with your teammates, there is more teamwork in endurance racing than Formula 1. So there are things you are learning and taking that different approach for your future adventures in motorsport.
“It’s the same in IndyCar, the level of detail you have to reach in terms of setting up, preparation for an Indy 500 race is much higher than any Formula 1 event because the cars are the same and the small details can affect the driving style, the performance, the overtaking opportunities, how you have to anticipate some of the things that will happen in the next two-three laps…
“There are many lessons that you learn in different categories that I can apply hopefully in Formula 1 or the future.”