“He is so crafty” – Fernando Alonso’s ‘outdated methods’ at 2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP qualifying praised by 1996 world champion

Fernando Alonso’s ways throughout Q1 for the 2022 F1 Azerbaijan GP didn’t go unnoticed within the paddock. The Spaniard was known as out by Williams driver Alex Albon for deliberately going into the escape street to convey out the yellow flags within the dying phases of Q1 (in order that nobody can enhance their lap occasions).

On the F1 Nation podcast, Damon Hill claimed that Alonso was enjoying some methods that day and a few of it does come right down to the Spaniard being a really intelligent particular person. The Briton mentioned:

“I like him. He’s so crafty. He’s a intelligent [guy], Alex Albon known as him an extremely sensible man, as a result of he was as much as video games in qualifying. He was undoubtedly as much as his outdated methods, however we form of have a sneaky admiration for the trickster, the man who someway can play every thing to his personal benefit, and he does it with slightly cheeky smile as properly.”

The 1996 F1 champion, nonetheless, felt that Alonso’s actions weren’t a hassle, saying:

“And he performs; it’s not like he’s being a nuisance and never delivering. He’s delivering, and he delivers for Alpine. I’d quite have him in [the team] than outdoors and doing the identical to you.”

Fernando Alonso’s politics are a detriment to his getting a seat on high groups

Whilst a 40-year-old, Fernando Alonso is acting at a really excessive degree in Alpine, which Damon Hill acknowledges. He additionally claimed that if the Spaniard will get a seat at one of many high groups, he’ll proceed to win. The main obstacle to that taking place, nonetheless, is Alonso’s age in addition to his tendency to become involved within the politics and working of the group.

Hill mentioned:

“Exhaustion doesn’t appear to have set in, or an absence of enthusiasm [for Fernando Alonso]. If you happen to mentioned to him now, ‘We’ve obtained yet another crack on the entrance finish’, he jumps at it, he’d be there and he’d in all probability win. The issue is, for a high group, how lengthy is he going to be there for, and the way a lot carnage will there be as soon as he begins to – which he tends to do – become involved within the working of the corporate and the politics of it?”

Alonso is within the final yr of his contract at Alpine. With the Spaniard already making his intentions away from desirous to proceed for a couple of extra years, it stays to be seen which path his profession will take subsequent.

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