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F1 French GP will begin “a brand new championship” for Alonso

Alonso has to date struggled on his F1 comeback after two years out, having been out-qualified by Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon up to now 4 races.

Ocon raked in 12 of Alpine’s 17 factors, with simply 5 factors scored by the double world champion.

The Spaniard believes the character of the 2021 F1 calendar has made the primary a part of the season more durable for him, as a result of he hadn’t raced at Imola since 2006 and had by no means raced earlier than at Portimao, two circuits that had been added to the calendar final yr.

These circuits had been adopted by the difficult road circuits of Monaco, at which Alonso completed 13th, and this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, prompting Alonso to recommend that the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard will really feel like a brand new begin for him.

“In a means the beginning of the season just isn’t the very best calendar for a newcoming driver,” Alonso stated.

“I had Imola, I had Portimao, two circuits that I used to be not racing for years or by no means like in Portimao, and the fellows had been racing 4 months in the past within the final yr championship.

“After which two road circuits, Baku and Monaco.

“So, [from] the primary six races of the championship 4 had been extraordinarily difficult to get used to.

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Photograph by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

“From France a brand new championship hopefully begins for me. However yeah, on the steering aspect I hope we will get one thing that I really feel a bit of bit higher the stability of the automobile [with] and extra suggestions than what I really feel now.”

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Alonso believes getting on prime of Pirelli’s tyres shall be essential to performing higher in qualifying than he has performed to date, saying he must a greater job of understanding “the variables” of an F1 weekend.

“I feel it’s a little bit random what will we get. I can’t say that it’s a luck issue, however there’s something that’s hidden.”

“At completely different instances of the weekend some individuals [are] in the back of the grid in FP2, some individuals in FP3, some individuals in Q2.

” So, why all these variables are taking place in a weekend, you recognize? And as I stated, it isn’t right down to luck. We have to perceive higher.

“However I am not nervous. I have been very sturdy all weekend in a means, evaluating the primary weekends. I used to be completely satisfied, and I used to be sturdy within the race.

“There’s nonetheless 18 races to go within the championship and we are going to do the arithmetic in December, not now.”

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