Fernando Alonso celebrated his fourth podium finish in five races at the F1 Miami Grand Prix, and the Aston Martin driver is now looking to step closer to victory. The Spaniard was third four times this year, only in Baku he missed the podium with fourth place, but now he wants to get closer to the top with the team from Silverstone. "At the beginning of the year, the podiums were incredible," said the 41-year-old Alonso. "After four podiums, we want more, at least second place. But the Red Bull cars are unbeatable and super fast. But maybe we will have a chance in Monaco or in Spain." Alonso drove a lonely race in Miami, well behind the Red Bulls and a safe seven seconds ahead of Mercedes driver George Russell, and during the race itself he also captured footage of his overtaking
The FIA has rejected Ferrari's request for a review of the Australian Grand Prix F1 stewards' penalty for Carlos Sainz's collision with Fernando Alonso. Sainz hit Alonso on the last restart and was handed a five-second time penalty slipped from fourth to twelfth place, and the team from Maranello decided to appeal against the penalty, as the commissioners did not take the driver's or team's statement into account when making the decision. But the FIA rejected the request to review the penalty, as in their opinion the statement of the team and the driver does not contain important information that could influence the decision. According to the commissioners, the Ferrari driver is entirely to blame for the collision with another driver, as he should have had enough space to avoid the collision. F
Carlos Sainz believes the five-second penalty he received for colliding with Fernando Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix is the most unfair penalty he has ever seen in his life. The Ferrari driver continued the race, which was interrupted two laps before the end, from fourth place, and at the start of the lap he hit Fernando Alonso's car and spun the Spaniard. The race was interrupted once again due to numerous accidents, and Sainz's five-second penalty pushed him to the bottom of the standings, in twelfth place. "I'd rather not talk about it," said the disappointed Spaniard, who also received two penalty points, immediately after the race. "I'm too disappointed and I'm probably going to say something nasty. It's the most unfair punishment I've ever seen in my life. I'm going to go to the commissioners and talk to them. That's what
Fernando Alonso believes that Mercedes exaggerated the problems with this year's race car. The Spaniard is sure that the Silver Arrows will soon win again. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished second and third in Australian F1 qualifying, both claiming the achievement was surprising and unexpected. But Alonso, who will start the race right behind them from fourth place, believes that the Mercedes package is actually much better than we were led to believe by Mercedes. "Judging by their comments, it looks like they have a car that is not capable of qualifying for Q3," the Aston Martin driver said of Mercedes. "The car is not as good as Red Bull's, nobody has a car as good as that, but Mercedes is getting better and better and they will compete for wins again this year. That's how it was
Max Verstappen was the fastest in the last free practice of F1 in Australia, and Fernando Alonso also finished the practice very close, who was 0.162 seconds behind in second place. Alpine team rider Esteban Ocon came as a bit of a surprise with third place. George Russell and Pierre Gasly also finished the training session, which took place on a dry track, in the top five, followed by Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Lance Stroll and Zhou Guanyu in tenth place. Max Verstappen was the fastest in the last free practice of F1 in Australia, and Fernando Alonso also finished the practice very close, who was 0.162 seconds behind in second place. Alpine team rider Esteban Ocon came as a bit of a surprise with third place. George Russell and
Fernando Alonso has said that Lewis Hamilton has always had certain weaknesses, which we did not see while he was sitting in a dominant car. He also said about the Briton that he is obviously getting old, as he has a short memory. Alonso finished on the podium in both races this year, while Hamilton has gone more than 480 days without a win, the longest streak of his career. Asked by journalists about Hamilton, Alonso replied that his former teammate has weaknesses that are visible now that he does not have the best racing car. "When he's driving a normal race car, you can see he has weaknesses," Alonso, 41, said. "Before, he drove far ahead of everyone or together with his teammate. But look, he holds the record for the most pole positions won, and this year he was beaten both times in qualifying
Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the second free practice session in Australia, which was interrupted by rain after a quarter of an hour. Due to the wet track, the racers could not improve their times, so the Aston Martin driver remained at the top of the time table, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc the closest to him, and the current leader in the F1 championship, Max Verstappen, third.
Fernando Alonso joked that next season he will ask the FIO to take over the starting number 33, which was otherwise chosen by Max Verstappen. The Dutchman, the world champion for the last two seasons, uses the number 1, and it seems that it will be available to him next season as well. "If Max continues to use the No.1, I have to see if I can get the No.33," joked the Aston Martin driver, who could take his 33rd career win this year. The chances of a 33rd win, however, ignited a new trend among Spanish fans who, according to Alonso, fell in love with F1 again. "It's crazy to see that Spain is now excited about Formula 1 again. It's definitely nice to see and I hope they enjoyed these two races when I got the podium," Alonso said. "33, I don't know exactly what is happening on social networks. Three years old
Fernando Alonso retained his third place from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which was taken away from him immediately after the race, due to an allegedly wrongly served penalty for the incorrect position of the car at the start. The Aston Martin team appealed the decision of the referees, which was the result of a short clip of Alonso serving his penalty, where it appeared that the car's rear jack momentarily touched, and succeeded in the appeal, as the rules do not prohibit the mechanics from touching racing car, but they are not allowed to work on it while serving the time penalty. "The penalty time was served as we allowed ourselves a bit more time, just to be safe," explained Aston Martin's sporting boss, Andy Stevenson. "The rules say that you are not allowed to work on a racing car, and as far as I understand the rules, we did not work with us
Spain's Fernando Alonso finished the race for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in third place after serving a 5-second penalty for incorrect starting position, which would have been his 100th podium in F1. But FIA stewards handed the Aston Martin a 10-second time penalty after the race for failing to properly serve the penalty at the stop, which saw the 41-year-old Alonso slip to fourth in the race classification, but the decision was later reversed due to a missed deadline for issuance of penalties.
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