Alonso’s performance in the race was reminiscent of his battle with Schumacher in 2005, and his ability to recover from being overtaken by Perez in the race ultimately allowed him to retain third place.
‣ Fernando Alonso retained a handsome third place in the race.
‣ His performance reminded Formula 1 followers of a similar battle fought with Michael Schumacher in 2005.
‣ Alonso reflects on the changes in tire management and DRS over the years.
‣ Alonso believes that DRS has been created to improve the show.
Fernando Alonso showcased his racing prowess at Sao Paulo, reminding fans of his ’05 battle with Michael Schumacher. “It was easier in 2005 because no DRS. That was probably easier,” he stated to the media. Clearly enjoying the race, he continues, “Today is a good example of that because you get overtaken two laps to the end, and you have another chance, especially here in Brazil.” In addition, he reminisced about the past, telling Lando Norris, “I still remember it. How old were you? ”
Alonso was candid about the challenges of racing in the current F1 compared to his past experiences. “Tyre management is also very different from back then, where you can maybe push the tyre all the way. If in 2005 you lose the position, then it’s bye-bye. You cannot recover and here I had another chance.” He concluded optimistically, “sometimes it’s the weather providing this great show, and I think this weekend without any rain or any weather we saw incredible races so there is something in this track that always gives a perfect opportunity for Formula One to shine and it was nice.”
Overall, Alonso found the race to be a spectacle of what F1 can be. “It has been a spectacular weekend as always, here in Brazil. Sometimes it’s the weather providing this great show, and I think this weekend without any rain or any weather we saw incredible races so there is something in this track that always gives a perfect opportunity for Formula One to shine and it was nice.” Only one question remains; is this the rebirth of a new Alonso era?