Fernando Alonso admits that he will do the track walk procedure ahead of race weekends to keep the points streak alive.
The Alpine driver Alonso is on the hot streak now with three points finishes in a row. The Spaniard admits that he has used a track walk before the majority of the races where he finished in the top 10, so he wants to keep the ritual going.
“I did one in Portimao this year because it was a new circuit and it was the best week weekend we scored good points and we felt competitive there. We stopped doing it in Barcelona and in Monaco and we came back to not scoring points so we said: ‘OK we’ll try it again in Baku’,” he said.
“We finished sixth so it was our best race, and from that moment we keep doing track walks and it keeps scoring [us] points on Sundays. At the moment it’s a pure[ly] superstitious thing.”
After a 9th place finish in a difficult race last Sunday, the Spaniard confirms that the team wants to do even better this time around.
“I think it was a tough weekend in terms of competitiveness. We have to raise our level hopefully this weekend. We have different tires, we have threat of the weather on Sunday, so hopefully, that will help us a little bit because I don’t think this is the best layout for our package, but some points will be available, for sure, and we have to take any opportunity.”
Max Verstappen had a burnout celebration after winning the Styrian GP and was warned by the race director Michael Masi. Alonso, however, criticized the FIA for that and said that they should turn their attention to other topics.
“I like when you can be yourself, and this burnout I think it was nice to watch. Even the donuts sometimes in Abu Dhabi, I think the fans they like that, and you see a lot of videos from those moments, from social media, etc. So the fans, they like that,” he commented.
“I think the FIA should police more the track limits and Turn 1. I was the only one making a move into Turn 1 at the start [last weekend], and the two cars that I overtook, they missed Turn 1 and they exited in front of me.”
“There is no warning on that, so there are things that for sure we can improve from the fans’ point of view.”