In Alpine they do not stop being surprised with the performances of Fernando Alonso each race that passes. The last stellar appearance of the Asturian was that of the F1 Sprint, the new classification as a short race, in which gaped some in their own box.
The executive director of the French team, Marcin Budkowski, he thinks Alonso is recreating his famous outings from the years when he won the F1 title. “Without a doubt he was the driver of the day. It is not awarded on Saturdays, but there should be one, because he was the pilot of the day “, says the Polish technician. “I was not here in 2005 and 2006, I was at Ferrari, but some people tell me that now is a lot like the starts Fernando used to do. in those times: a part of be smart and a little foxas well as taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way, “says Budkowski of the Silverstone exhibit.
A matter of smell, intelligence and experience
“We know that his racing ability is second to none, he is exceptional. Maybe it’s a bit of experience too, because we saw Seb [Vettel], like Kimi. So maybe there are people who have a special nose for that kind of thing “, Explain. At Alpine they were not entirely convinced that the new format would provide an added spectacle, but Alonso was in charge of making the proposal good.
“We had doubts that it was entertaining, but it was actually pretty good. First, there was the head fight and position change (with Verstappen stopping Hamilton). Y there were also people gaining positions at the beginning in the middle zone. There was more action on the track than I thought, because there are actually no points at the end of this race, so I thought the drivers would take it more carefully, “confesses Budkowski.” But actually, when they lower the visor they just want to run. We saw a lot of good races in 17 laps, “he insists.