After the race in Monza Fernando Alonso summed up the results of the weekend …
Q: Fernando, are you happy with how everything went in Monza?
Fernando Alonso: Satisfied. Every weekend we aim to earn points with two cars. It can be difficult, but this time we got it. In Monza it was even more difficult than usual – from the first training session we were behind, in qualifying we showed 13 and 14 times, and the fact that on Sunday we earned points with two cars testifies to the progress achieved.
We did everything right in the race. Start, pit stops, no mistakes in the sprint and Sunday race. We need to achieve the maximum in everything in order to finish the race in the top ten – we do not have a reserve of speed, we really need to earn these points. So this weekend I am quite happy and proud of the team.
Question: The car does not have enough speed on the straights?
Fernando Alonso: That’s not the point. We understood that in Monza we would not be very competitive. Unfortunately, expectations were confirmed. 13th and 14th place in qualifying means that our car was the seventh fastest this weekend. And the points earned by the two cars in the race were the result of the fantastic work of the team.
Question: What results are you expecting on the following tracks – in Sochi, Istanbul, Austin?
Fernando Alonso: I think everyone will have ups and downs. In the last series of three races in a row, the balance of power was constantly changing. In Spa on a dry track we were fast, but on a wet track we were behind. In Zandvoort we were fine the whole weekend, but in Monza we were not. It all depends on the track.
I don’t know what awaits us in Russia, Turkey and Austin. I think it will be better. Traditionally, the track in Monza was not suitable for our team, we knew that. But we earn points on difficult weekends, this is the strong point of our team. We don’t have the fastest car, but we have a great team.
Question: How do you assess the accident of Verstappen and Hamilton?
Fernando AlonsoA: These are two title contenders, they always fight to the limit. I believe this is a racing incident. Unsuccessful position, curb – one bounces on it, they touch the wheels and one car falls on another. The speed was low, 30 or 40 km / h, nothing dangerous. I don’t think anything serious happened. At Silverstone – maybe, but at Monza it was just a racing incident.
I think Lewis tried to go wider in the first corner to get Max to cut the corner. Max did not do this, stayed outside, but deprived himself of the opportunity to go through the second turn.
I saw a re-start when Giovinazzi and Leclerc also touched each other, then Stroll and Perez also touched, but they did not have contact between the wheels, so there was no such result. This is a typical moment for a combination of the first and second turns, they just had no luck that they touched the tires.
Question How do you prioritize in the second half of the season – the team continues to fight for fifth place, fully focusing on the development of a new car …
Fernando Alonso: I think we can combine it. We do not have a car that is comparable in sheer speed to AlphaTauri or Aston Martin, but we have a team that can compete with them in races and earn points. We will fight for fifth place in the constructors’ championship as long as possible.
This applies to our team at the races, and at the base we are actively preparing for the next season, taking into account the budget constraints and other realities of modern Formula 1. This is taken into account on the track. No accidents, no incidents, no additional costs for the team. We are having a good weekend and are fully focused on getting ready for 2022.
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