Sport Alonso: Two Alpines in Q3 eased pace concerns
Ricciardo: Alonso’s racecraft ‘best on the grid’
Daniel Ricciardo described Fernando Alonso's racecraft as being the "best on the grid" at times in 2021 after the double former World Champion's start in sprint qualifying.Alonso produced one of his famed first-lap runs by overtaking six cars at the start of the shortened ‘race’, moving himself up from P11 to P5 in the early stages.
Fernando Alonso said Alpine were unsure how well they would fare in Hungary, so getting both cars into Q3 was a good result.
The midfield battle has broken off into three different sections and in the middle one, Alpine find themselves nine points behind P5 outfit.
It is the kind of deficit which can easily be overturned, especially when both cars will start thefrom inside the top 10.
Esteban Ocon claimed P8 on the grid, while Alonso will line up P9 – a result that satisfies the team after Alonso revealed some concerns they had over their competitiveness at the Hungaroring.
Alonso: F1 in good hands with ‘new generation’
Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso sees plenty of young talent in a new generation to take Formula 1 forward. © PA Images Fernando-Alonso-PA Having made his Formula 1 debut back in 2001, Alonso’s 2021 return with Alpine marked the comeback of one of the sport’s most experienced and successful drivers. But he joined a grid considered one of the strongest that Formula 1 has ever seen. While Lewis Hamilton scraps away with Max Verstappen over the 2021 title in what feels like a shift of the generations, there are many more talented young drivers waiting in the wings to reach that level.
“Happy with the day,” Alonso told reporters after qualifying.
“I think it was a circuit that we had some concerns about our level of competitiveness, but both cars in Q3 – it’s a while that we didn’t achieve it.
“So that was a good weekend so far, but the points are given tomorrow so we need to execute a good race.
“I think here everything is based on Saturday and it’s difficult to overtake, so hopefully we get a good start and after that we will be managing the tyres and managing the positions.
“So we have a high chance to score with both cars and that is the target for tomorrow.”
P8 // Esteban: 1:16.653
P9 // Fernando: 1:16.715
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team)
Carlos Sainz: The point where Ferrari the winch chance lost
© Motorsport Images Carlos Sainz in Ferrari SF21 before Fernando Alonso in Alpine A521 15 seconds lacked Carlos Sainz at the end of the victory. He could consider that in the face of his 15th starting place as a success, after all, Hungaroring at Budapest does not apply as an overtaking paradise. But no: Ferrari driver Sainz is not satisfied, not with the distance and not with position four. Because he believes: There was much more in there for Ferrari.
said the Hungaroring is one of his favourite tracks and is glad to be starting P8 at a venue where overtaking does not come easily.
“It was a very decent session,” he said.
“I think there was quite a lot of understanding going through it because we didn’t have such great pace in Q2, it was just enough to go through.
“But once we arrived in Q3 really it started to come together. I’m pretty pleased because it’s one of my favourite tracks here.
“I enjoyed that session, it was hard work. It is good to start in the points because it’s hard to pass here, so a good starting position for tomorrow.”
Asked if his race pace will be enough to fight or simply hang on, Ocon replied: “I think first we have the race pace to hang on. We will definitely aim to attack, obviously in front.
“But that will be another story, the track temperature will go up, it will be hard to manage the tyres but we are aiming for big points.”
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