Fernando Alonso Sets Minimum Target for Alpine Ahead of F1 Return

After bouncing back from his accident in Switzerland, Alonso reveals Alpine would want to fight for the #5 or #6 mid-field team spot

Fernando Alonso

The 2-time World Champion, Fernando Alonso is all set to make his return onto the track after 3-years absence. Predicted and assumed to be battling it out in the 5-team mid-field battle in the 2021 season, the veteran Spaniard revealed his modest expectations from his comeback season.  

Fernando Alonso himself has experienced an early setback. The Spaniard suffered nasty facial injuries after a road accident in Switzerland. However, despite sustaining a broken jaw, and some broken teeth, his recovery seems to be going well as he posted a positive message regarding the same on social media. He is expected to be ready to suit up for the French team once the pre-season tests begin on March 12th. 

Fernando Alonso reveals his expectations from the 2021 season 

He said as per Formula1, “Realistically, we have to have our feet on the ground. Knowing that even if there are some changes for this year, they are not dramatic, so performance will not be too different compared to last year. 

“I think Mercedes will be in front of everybody, then there will be Red Bull and there will be a close fight between a few teams. Alpine will be within that group of teams and that will be interesting to see who adapts better to the new regulations. 

“I think it will be very tight, so we could be fighting for sixth or seventh on the grid or it could be 15th very easily. Our job is to be at least fighting for the top 10.” 

Alonso added, “The [2020] car was faster than me in terms of everything coming quicker than I expected. I had to adapt to the braking points, the cornering speeds I had to rethink a little bit as I approached a corner. 

“All those things were… not new, as I have a good memory, but my last two races were at Indy and Dakar. So you arrive at a corner with a 4×4 car and then the next time you drive you are arriving at Turn 1 at Barcelona in a Formula 1 car… and it’s day and night!” 

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