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F1 | French GP means a 'new' championship start for Alonso as he attempts to get back up to speed

The return of the two-time world champion hasn't been the easiest with difficult tracks at the beginning of the season.

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F1 | French GP means a 'new' championship start for Alonso as he attempts to get back up to speed
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The start of the 2021 has not been the easiest for the Spanish driver, after 2 years out of Formula 1 he is at 13th place with 5 points in the drivers championship, behind his teammate Esteban Ocon.

Alonso talked about the difficulty of the first races in this 2021 season calendar including Imola where he hadn't raced since 2006 and Portimao, a completely new circuit for him, also Monaco is one of the most challenging races and Baku this weekend.


"In a way the start of the season is not the best possible calendar for a newcoming driver." Alonso said.

"I had Imola, I had Portimao, two circuits that I was not racing for years or never like in Portimao, and the guys were racing four months ago in the last year championship. And then two street circuits, Baku and Monaco.”

"So, [from] the first six races of the championship four were extremely challenging to get used to. From France a new championship hopefully starts for me. But yeah, on the steering side I hope we can get something that I feel a little bit better the balance of the car [with] and more feedback than what I feel now."

Fernando remarked the importance of understanding at a higher level the Pirelli tyres to perform better in qualifying.

"I think it is a little bit random what do we get. I will not say that it is a luck factor, but there is something that is hidden."

"At different times of the weekend some people [are] at the back of the grid in FP2, some people in FP3, some people in Q2.

"So, why all these variables are happening in a weekend, you know? And as I said, it's not down to luck. We need to understand better. But I'm not worried. I've been very strong all weekend in a way, comparing the first weekends. I was happy, and I was strong in the race.”

"There's still 18 races to go in the championship and we will do the mathematics in December, not now."

Azerbaijan Grand Prix is next in the calendar after being cancelled last year due COVID-19.

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