Although Fernando Alonso He has returned to Formula 1 motivated by the change of regulations that is called to introduce greater equality between the teams, he does not want revolutionary changes. The Asturian does believe that the struggles for poles they could be made more open and attractive to fans, but he doesn’t want steps to be taken to prevent the fastest car from winning the races. And is that for Fernando Alonso, to do so would go against the DNA of Formula 1.
That is why the Spanish has positioned itself against inverted grills. “I’d love for that to happen because I’m not in the fastest carBut if I was at Mercedes or Red Bull, I wouldn’t like it. It will always be difficult to reach an agreement on which would be the best grid in Formula 1 because it is something unfair. It is good for the junior categories, But maybe we lose a bit of Formula 1 DNA”, He declared.
“It has always been that way in all these years and maybe it should stay that way. I have nothing against the fastest car winning races, but inverted grills might change how fair things are. But having a round for everyone is the same for everyone. It’s more stress, but everyone has the same opportunities. It is not unfair, it is only more complicated ”, added Fernando Alonso. And that is precisely what the Spaniard proposes, to return to its beginnings, that is, to the times in which the poles were decided in a single round.
“I blocked the tires in Turn 1 and with that lap, I would have started first today because I made a mistake and I would pay the price and maybe today I had a hard job to do and qualifying into the sprint would make sense, it would have a bit more spice. I think the same after Silverstone and after Monza. On Fridays we would have to change the natural order of the cars“, He said Fernando Alonso after the sprint race of the Italian Grand Prix.
One-lap qualification when there is a sprint race
Regarding sprint races, he commented: “Last year I didn’t turn on the television for the second free practice session because I didn’t care.. I only saw the times, not the entire hour and a half and if I had been a spectator today, I would have turned on the TV just to watch the start and to see some action.
“Maybe this format is fun, but I still think that Fridays are the point that we really have to improve. With six sets of tires on Saturdays, in the end we will finish in the natural order of the cars performance and in Saturday’s sprint qualifying we will start at our position and finish at our position, but if Friday’s qualifying format is somewhat different or just one lap, ”insisted Fernando Alonso, encouraging a change in the qualifying session on the days when there is a sprint race on Saturday.
The poles of Fernando Alonso
It should be noted that of the 22 poles he has achieved Fernando Alonso in his career, nine of them have been just one lap away. The Spaniard has not achieved a pole from the 2012 German Grand Prix. The first one got it in Malaysia in 2003. Since then they have passed 6,751 days. Between the first pole of Rubens Barrichello (Belgium 1994) and the last one (Brazil 2007) they passed 5.531, so getting the best time in a qualifying session again is one of the exciting challenges that Fernando Alonso will try to face now that he has turned 40 years old.