Report-breaker Alonso says he performed French GP ‘like a chess sport’ on solution to P6

Sunday’s French Grand Prix was a memorable one for Fernando Alonso: not solely did he end sixth at his Alpine workforce’s residence Grand Prix, however the Spaniard additionally broke the document for probably the most laps accomplished in Formulation 1 historical past.

Alonso began the race in seventh however made considered one of his conventional quick getaways when the lights went out, leaping Lando Norris and George Russell to climb to fifth. And whereas he couldn’t hold Russell behind for lengthy, the Spaniard was capable of come residence sixth and comfortably away from Norris, which he felt was the very best he might have hoped for.

“I’m very comfortable!” mentioned Alonso. “I believe the beginning was mega, from seventh to fifth – some dangerous strikes there, then good tyre administration. I believe P6 was the utmost as we speak. The tyres had been appearing higher than we anticipated, so we did must handle however not as a lot as we thought. I’m happy with our race as we speak. It was well-executed from our aspect, and we managed the tempo and tyres properly.

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“We needed to work by way of a variety of issues when it comes to the automobile stability this weekend, however we ended up ending simply behind the top-five positions, so a really strong race ultimately and extra factors on the board for us.

“It exhibits that when now we have a clear weekend like this one, then we will end within the top-six positions,” he added. “Hopefully we will sustain this degree of consistency all through the second half of the season and proceed our momentum.”

Alonso has now accomplished probably the most laps in Formulation 1 historical past, overtaking his outdated rival Kimi Raikkonen’s mark of 18,621 laps. And the Spaniard used all of his 19 seasons’ value of expertise within the sport to out-fox his rivals, as he was heard on the radio inviting strain from Norris, believing that the McLaren driver would burn up his tyres within the course of.

Fernando Alonso might ‘management the tempo’ after overtaking rival Norris in French GP race begin

“I did 350 races, so I do know what I’m doing!” joked Alonso. “It was enjoyable. The beginning was essential, in all probability, to get forward of Lando. I believe [McLaren] have very comparable tempo, however to be in entrance of them within the first couple of laps was sufficient to manage the race and to manage the tempo.

“I believe we performed the race like a chess sport; we tried to place the McLaren’s near us and attempt to have some clear air in entrance, so all in all… it was an excellent Sunday.

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“I want I might problem the Mercedes in entrance us or Checo [Sergio Perez] however that was not our league, so from there it was simply to manage [the McLarens] and in the event that they get nearer to us, they are going to harm the tyres, so it was not a priority at that second. So, comfortable for that. Let’s go in Budapest, one other go.”

Crew mate Esteban Ocon, in the meantime, took a P8 end, for his first ever factors at his residence race – and double delight for Alpine on residence soil.

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