After showing magnificent pace on Saturday and making a perfect start to the race, Spaniard was eyeing multiple points in the Bahrain GP but a DNf became inevitable.
After fast first pitstop of 2.5s Alonso was in battle with train of cars for the points but due to some debris stuck in his brake ducts, brembo brakes were hating eventually leading to dnf on his debut race with Alpine Racing.
‘’It was disappointing to not see the chequered flag in the end. The issue we had after the second stop was a rear brake issue as some debris entered the brake ducts and overheated the temperatures of the car, ‘’ said two times world champion Fernando Alonso in post Qualifying debrief.
Even though today’s result was far from ideal, Alonso is hopeful that rest of the season will be fruitful and Alpine Racing will be in the mix to collect midfield points.
‘’Looking at the race it was very close in the midfield, and just a couple of tenths seems to change the order quite significantly.’’
Alonso reckons this season is going to be very competitive due to the fact that midfield teams are so close and tenth of a second makes huges difference.
‘’I think it’s going to be a very interesting and competitive season to watch.’’
About his return to the sports, Alonso enjoyed the battle with his old colleagues and had a fun start to the race where he was in battle with fellow. Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
“Firstly, it was great to be back racing in Formula 1. The start was fun, we gained some places and I had some enjoyable battles with old colleagues.’’
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"I think it’s going to be a very interesting and competitive season to watch. We’ll go again and fight hard in Imola." - @alo_oficial
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Alonso is motivated for the next race at Imola in three weeks time and will do his best to earn some points for the team.
‘’We’ll go again and fight hard in Imola,” concluded Alonso
Furthermore Alonso clarified his recent where he was miss quoted saying ‘’he is the best driver among Lewis, Max and others… ‘
I never meant to say I was better than Lewis (Hamilton) or Max (Verstappen) or anyone," Alonso said.
"Probably I misunderstood the question. I thought it was: 'Are you as good as in 2018 when you left the sport?'"