Fernando Alonso was a highlighting animator on the weekend of the 2021 British GP on Silverstone. The Spaniard keeps improving on his adaptation to driving the Alpine A521 as he continues to score good results and showing exciting performances.
After having qualified 11th on Friday’s classification, the 39-year-old made an impressive start in the first edition of the F1 sprint qualifying race and even reached 5th place, to finally end 7th and having the possibility to start Sunday’s race from the 4th row, where the Spaniard showed another strong performance and finished P7 in Great Britain.
And this was, according to Alonso, the best result he and the team had accomplished despite having that 6th place achieved in Baku.
“Our best result was Baku, P6, but it was a strange race – so today P7 was probably our strongest weekend on race pace, and happy for that. Difficult race for tyre management with blister concerns, and yes, we managed quite well and we delivered a good result, I think.”
"I am happy to score more points for the team. It was a very long, hot race, so it was very challenging. I thought we managed the temperatures and the tyres in a good way, and we also kept enough of a gap to Lance behind."
In contrast with the work done by his teammate, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso has scored 21 points at the last 5 races; meanwhile, the French driver has struggled lately as he registers 2 DNFs and just two points at the same amount of GP, a result of his P9 at Monaco.
“Yes, very busy. We never have an easy race, you know? We are always in different battles and different times of the race, but I think [we had] a strong weekend, we have been in the points for the last four or five races,” the Spaniard said.
With 10 rounds gone into the calendar, the two times world champion says he feels better with the #14 Alpine with each day and each race that passes. Admits he is recovering from the two years off he had away from the category.
“I think I am feeling better and I am feeling more of a racer now.”
“The first couple of weekends, Bahrain, Imola, it was again everything starting from zero and very cautious on many things and trying not to make mistakes for the team, etcetera – but now I have more confidence in the car, and I can use my instinct a little bit more,” he concluded.