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Alonso: "I felt good but the speed wasn’t there"

Fernando Alonso fell in Q2 and will have to start 15th in the Emilia Romagna GP. He is confident that the situation is the opposite of that of the first race in 2021.

It could not be. After the great classification that was marked in Bahrain, Fernando Alonso fell in the second round on Saturday in Imola, and will have to start from 15th place on Sunday, in the eighth row of the grid.

The Asturian was self-critical when assessing a session in which he had already passed Q1 by little (he was 15th, and the 16th fell eliminated), but he was happy with his car: “I was not good enough. That is probably the Easier answer, you know. I felt good with the car, I felt fast, the balance was good, but every time I crossed the line it was not good enough to be in the top 10. “

When on the spanish channel DAZN They pointed out that it is only his second classification after two years away, the two-time champion did not want excuses: “In the end, when you are in the car you do not notice whether or not you lack experience with the car or with the team. I felt good, the Alpine was good all the time, I didn’t have big problems, but the speed was not there “.

“It cost us work from Q1. So nothing, to try to analyze and improve for the next one.”

Even so, Alonso recalls that on Saturdays only one starting position is achieved, not adding for the championship: “In Bahrain on Saturday it went well and on Sunday we retired, let’s see if here we can balance the balance a bit and after a Saturday ‘ like this, like this’, on Sunday we can add a few points “.

“The race is tomorrow, the points are given tomorrow.”

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On Friday, Alpine was not bad in the race simulation, and Alonso remembers that we have already seen numerous incidents to rule out that things happen in the race.

“The car was good on long runs,” he explained. “The degradation of the tires was quite good in our case. But if there are tracks where it is difficult to overtake, we know that Imola is among them.”

“Although you never know, in the end the race is long, we have seen several red flags, several incidents during the weekend, so it will be a bit of resistance for the mechanics even, climbing so much over the curbs …”.

In spite of everything, Alonso admits that they need a race with action to be able to go back to the top 10: “We will have to be there. It still rains, maybe it doesn’t … we will need a race in which things happen. If it’s a normal race, we know that it will be difficult to get into the points. We will try everything, and we will go for it. “

Finally, speaking about the improvements to the A521, especially in the front of the car, he was satisfied, although he clarified that the progress against the rivals must always be valued.

“All the improvements we tested on Friday seem to work, and I have felt the car better all weekend. Obviously, today I did not do the job well enough to be in Q3, but they are things that will have to be improved,” he added .

“The car has taken a step forward, but we are not running alone. If we improve two tenths and the rest also, you stay where you are. If nobody carried anything, you would improve, and if everyone carries more than you, you take a step back.”

“I think we have improved and I think we are going in the right direction. The car is faster now. I could not maximize it today and get into Q3 with both cars, but we have to keep fighting.”

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, supera a Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521 en boxes

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, and Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, practice the start

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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