Fernando Alonso arrives in Silverstone with the hope of being competitive around the British track, saying that he will try to use the new format as an opportunity to score even more points.
In the last few races, if compared to the start of the season, Alonso felt confident in his Alpine, and he regularly scored points. Plus, the battle has been very close in Austria, and he is pretty sure it will be the same around Silverstone as well.
“I felt the car was going well all three days, so we must continue this trend at Silverstone. It will be a different race at Silverstone, and I suspect that the gaps on the grid will be as tight as in Austria because of the nature of the lap. The car went well in France and in the two races in Austria, so I am confident that we can be competitive here this weekend.”
Alonso has always enjoyed driving around Silverstone, especially in the second sector with the fast corners that it features. The Spaniard also added that tire management will be extremely important in the race.
“It’s a fantastic circuit, and it always gives us spectacular racing drivers a chance. I’ve had memorable results there, my 2006 win with Renault is one of my fondest memories. There’s a good mix of medium and high-speed corners and, of course, the weather can vary, so it should be an interesting weekend. It’s good to go to the other team home Grand Prix and that it is so close to Enstone. I will visit the factory before the race,” he added.
“I enjoy most of the circuit, but if I had to highlight one part it would be the high-speed middle sector, from Copse to Maggotts and Becketts. Going through this sector at such speed with the high levels of grip of a Formula 1 car. it’s exciting as a pilot.
“It’s a pretty tough circuit on the tires going through the fast corners, so that will be something we are going to have to manage throughout the weekend. It will also be great to see the fans in the stands as there is a very good atmosphere.”