Fernando Alonso admitted that he is worried about the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, more specifically at the lack of overtaking opportunities presented to drivers during race day.
While he clarified that he understands the importance of qualifying, he still expressed his uncertainty for race day at the narrow circuit, with F1 returning to Zandvoort after a long absence, the last such race being held in 1985.
“Zandvoort will be interesting for everyone, as very few of us have raced before at this circuit. It will be a unique challenge and surely the atmosphere will be very good. We are not sure how the weekend will go, but racing on a new circuit is not something out of the ordinary in Formula 1, especially in recent times,” Alonso said during the Alpine preview of the Dutch GP.
“I’ll have a better response after Friday, but I’d say the end of the lap will be fun. It’s not like any other curve in Formula 1. I’m worried that overtaking will be difficult in Zandvoort, but we’ll see it after we’ve run a bit. I think the starting position on the grid will be very important.
“We’ve analyzed a lot of simulation data and I went back to Enstone this week, so I feel as prepared as possible,” Alonso concluded.