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F1 | Dutch GP | Alonso thinks “today’s race probably the best of the year”

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso declared he enjoyed today’s race even though it was quite challenging and felt like “71 laps of qualifying”. The two-time world champion managed a P6, making it a double points for the team.

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F1 | Dutch GP | Alonso thinks “today’s race probably the best of the year”
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The Spaniard started the race from the bottom 10, P13 specifically. In the end, he managed to gain 7 places and finish P6, making some good points for the team and himself. He had a challenging day as he described it felt like a whole race of qualifying laps.

“It was very enjoyable. I think today’s race probably the best of the year, I think driving wise, very demanding, very physical,” said Alonso.

“It was 71 laps of qualifying for us today. At the beginning we had to overtake the AlphaTauris on track and then the 40-lap stint on the hard tyre was like qualifying laps. And then I thought that the race was okay and fixed, it was a safety car, so it reset everything.

So very good strategy by the team using the hard and we could use the pace of the car, so very thankful,” declared the Spanish driver.

He made a pit stop on lap 13 to get a fresh set of hard tyres, came in while on P11 and back out on P13. Later on the race, on lap 40 with a VSC Fernando pitted again for a set of softs. He describes the feeling of the car as very good.

“It was amazing. The car was very good all weekend, so we could use the pace of the car thanks to the strategy today. And at the end, with the safety car, people pitted for a fresher set of tyres, I was a little concerned, but it was no problem to keep them behind thanks to our straight-line speed, and good double points for the team compared to McLaren so well done to everyone.”

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