Alpine “not as competitive” in Abu Dhabi – Alonso

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02 Honda leads Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Alpine A521 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso believes Alpine did not have its full potential at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Spaniard started the race 11th and finished 8th. However, despite a good recovery, he admits his team was not as competitive as they were in Saudi Arabia.

“It was a fun race out there tonight and to see the championship fight go down to the last lap was exciting,” Alonso told the media, including ASN Motorsports.

“For our race, we started on the hard tires this time. I enjoyed the fights we had with the AlphaTauris and to score double points for the team is a good result for Alpine.

“We weren’t quite as competitive this weekend, but we executed another strong race, so it’s a credit to the team. We now need to reset for next year and make sure we have a good winter ahead of 2022.

“I would also like to say congratulations to Max Verstappen for winning the title. It was only a matter of time that he won the trophy and whilst there was some fortune in the incidents today, I think he is a deserving champion.”

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