Fernando Alonso - open minded heading to Qatar

Fernando Alonso - open minded heading to Qatar

18.11.2021: Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit 19-21 November 2021 Fernando Alonso heads to Qatar for the final stretch of races this season in the Middle East. He enters the end of the triple header following a strong recovery drive in Brazil,

Qatar Grand Prix
Losail International Circuit
19-21 November 2021




Fernando Alonso heads to Qatar for the final stretch of races this season in the Middle East. He enters the end of the triple header following a strong recovery drive in Brazil, that saw the Spaniard score points for the thirteenth time this season.
 


You grabbed ninth in Brazil; how did you find the race?



We had good pace during the weekend, and I think we were always fighting back a bit after a poor start to the Sprint on Saturday. The race itself was good but I think we reached our potential and couldn’t hold off the Alpha Tauri who had fresher tyres. We tried our best, but their pace advantage was too strong on the new tyres.



In the end we had both cars finish in the points and that is what we need to do if we’re to finish ahead of them in the standings. It’ll be close until the end, so we need to maximise everything from the last three races and continue to work together well like we did in Brazil.




Qatar is a new one for most of the field, what are your expectations heading there?


I always enjoy racing in the Middle East. Losail is a track we don’t know that well, but it’s been on the MotoGP calendar for many years, so we’re open minded heading there. I’ve chatted with Davide Brivio about the circuit to see what he had to say as he has the most experience there in the whole team.


We race in quite a few circuits there and the facilities are good, and you’re usually guaranteed nice weather. We’ve had a look at the track on simulators and onboards and it does look fast with a nice flow to it. It’ll be interesting to see how a Formula 1 car behaves around the circuit compared to a motorcycle.




It’s back to a standard race weekend in Qatar, what is your evaluation of the Sprint Race format used this year?



I think they have made the weekend more exciting as if you’re a fan watching from home you get to see two races. It’s also good to go straight into the exciting stuff like qualifying, rather than have two practice sessions on Friday.


It’s useful for us and the teams to have these practice sessions, but maybe as a fan it’s not that exciting to watch. From what we’ve seen with Sprint Qualifying, when you have the grid line-up in its performance order then of course you’re going to see those cars finishing in that same way.


We saw when Lewis (Hamilton) came charging through on Saturday it was fun to watch but everything else was staying the same. And we see the same in Formula 2 and Formula 3 due to the reverse grids.


I think the format is interesting and it’s important we try something different, but there are a few tweaks we need to look at to make it a total package. I’m sure we’ll all chat about this next season and see what can be done.  





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