Fernando Alonso knows that this week’s French GP will be very different from the last two races in Monaco and Azerbaijan. The Alpine driver is driving his team’s home event this week and believes that he can test his A521 to the limits without consequences.
He has driven once at Paul Ricard so far, in 2018 when he did not have the best year with McLaren. But now he is more confident and believes Alpine will perform better than at the other races.
For this year Circuit Paul Ricard has redesigned the track to make the races even more exciting. There will also be huge runoff zones on the track, allowing Alonso to push his car to the limit without fear of damage. That’s why he believes it will be different from Baku and Monaco.
“I’ve always enjoyed racing in France. I’ve had good results in this country, in Formula 1 and in other categories. I only raced once at Paul Ricard, but they resurfaced the track to improve the races. There are many loopholes, so mistakes will not be costly. This weekend will be different from Monaco and Baku, so we hope to put on a show.”
The return to France is special for him, as he won the French GP in 2005, and that year he became world champion. He also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in France in 2018 and 2019.
“Winning Magny-Cours in 2005 was very nice for several reasons. We led the race from start to finish, even when I stopped, I was in front. It was my fifth win of the year and the sixth for the team. We kept that streak going for the rest of the year and ended up winning both world championships.”
“Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans here twice was also very special, I will never forget that. Hopefully we will have more unforgettable moments this weekend at Paul Ricard.”