Alpine’s returnee, Fernando Alonso, admitted being at a state where he thinks he can drive better than he ever did. The Spaniard thinks that people tend to draw early conclusions in F1 and does not want to be judged on just three races.
The comeback of Alonso in Formula One generated a lot of debates concerning his actual form and the value of Alpine’s decision to hire a 39-year old driver when the Formula 2 championship is full of talented young guns.
Last weekend, in Portimao, Alonso only managed to qualify in P13 while his teammate, Esteban Ocon, started the race in P6. However, after a frustrating result on Saturday, Alonso was flying on Sunday and gained 5 positions during the race, scoring his best result of the season so far.
The Spaniard kept critical regarding his results, as he already mentioned that he cannot afford another bad qualifying result in Spain or Monaco. Nonetheless, he could not hide his disappointment towards the tendency people have to draw quick conclusions in F1, after being highly criticized in Imola, before getting praised in Portugal.
“At the end of the year, we talk,” Alonso told Motorsport.com, talking about the early criticism on his recent form.
“At the end of the year, if I underperform the whole season, and everything was more difficult than expected, ok, maybe there is a point to really discuss and go deep into the questions of why it is more difficult than the previously or something.”
“I was the first to admit that I was not 100% in Imola, and not comfortable, and probably underperforming.”
“And it was also a coincidence of not only me, [but also a] few other drivers not being totally confident in Imola.”
“I’m still thinking the same, that I am at one point in my life where I feel good, and I feel capable of driving better than ever.”
“And the problem is that in Formula 1 there is a lot of media, a lot of articles, and unfortunately two weeks between races, because if it was back-to-back from Imola to [Portimao], there [would have been] much less talk!”
“But, overall, [I am] not overthinking too much of this, not worried too much of this.”