Fernando Alonso - wants great result as birthday gift

Fernando Alonso - wants great result as birthday gift

27.07.2021: 2021 FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX Hungaroring, Budapest 30 July - 1 August 2021 Fernando Alonso heads to Budapest for the final Grand Prix before Formula 1’s summer break, having mesmerised the paddock with his performances in the British Gr

2021 FORMULA 1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Hungaroring, Budapest
30 July - 1 August 2021





Fernando Alonso heads to Budapest for the final Grand Prix before Formula 1’s summer break, having mesmerised the paddock with his performances in the British Grand Prix.  The Spaniard now returns to the place of his first ever win in Formula 1 as he aims to celebrate his birthday weekend with another good result at the Hungaroring.
 




You made it five points scoring finishes in a row at the British Grand Prix, how was the weekend for you?




It will be interesting to see what the fans thought of the new format as, at the end of the day, it was designed for them, but I did like that there was action on all three of the days. I did well in Sprint Qualifying and made the most of my start, overtaking quite a few cars around the first few corners.


Then the race on Sunday was tough and felt very long. We executed a very good race and strategy, scoring some more points for the team. It was nice seeing the fans in the grandstands and it really added to the occasion. The result means I have to continue doing a track walk in Budapest, which will probably be a hot one!




You’re returning to the track where you took your maiden Formula 1 victory in 2003. What are your thoughts heading into the weekend?



I’m looking forward to it. Obviously, it’s a circuit where there isn’t much time to breathe with lots of tight corners. It feels like a big go-kart circuit. We all love driving there because I think the driver has a quite a bit more input than some circuits.


I’ve had some good results in Hungary, most notably in 2003 when I took my first ever Formula 1 win. I’ve also scored a few podiums too and the pole position in 2009 was good. I feel like the team is improving all the time, especially after the performance at Silverstone where both cars finished in the points, so we’re hopeful of another good weekend.



It's your birthday on Thursday, what will you be doing to celebrate it?


I am looking forward to the birthday celebrations. I think the team have a few things planned too. It’s quite nice to be celebrating a birthday at a Formula 1 weekend so I can’t complain.


We will be sure to have some cake and celebrate a little bit, but we have an important weekend ahead, so I’ll be fully focused on racing. It’s our last race before the summer shutdown and I am looking to continue our good form in Budapest.




- Alpine also photos
 

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