Fernando Alonso: “I don’t think Losail is going to be very different from Suzuka”


The Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) denied this Thursday that the Qatar Grand Prix, which will be held this weekend at the Losail International Circuit and will be the eighteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, “is going to be very “different” from the previous Grand Prix, held in Suzuka (Japan).

“I don’t think it’s going to be very different from Suzuka, I don’t think anyone is going to bring any big improvements for this weekend and the characteristics of the corners and the track are very similar. So I don’t think it will vary much,” Alonso admitted during the official F1 press conference.

“It is a good track to drive and matches well with a Formula 1 due to those high-speed corners, the adrenaline rises when you drive and I think it will be a little different with the new asphalt,” described the Asturian driver about the imminent Grand Prize in Losail.

Thus, Alonso said that “they are going to be better” this year with their cars. “I think this new generation has been very good in high-speed corners, but with more problems in low-speed corners. Here they are all high-speed, so I think the car will do well and I think the question is the asphalt. , how much grip and how much dust there is going to be in free practice 1”, he indicated in this regard.

“Obviously the McLarens are on a roll and have been quite fast, but every weekend we see ups and downs from everyone. They were very strong before the break, in Austria, in Silverstone… They were close to the podium since Silverstone and Then in Zandvoort we were on the podium and they had more difficulties. It’s good that they have too much confidence and let’s see if we can beat them in Abu Dhabi,” predicted the man from Oviedo.

On the other hand, he analyzed the more than possible arrival of the Andretti team to the World Cup grid. “A great team, I know Michael and obviously it would be a great name, a great brand to add to Formula 1. But there are many people involved in these decisions like the FIA, then the FOM and the teams as well,” he warned.

“I don’t know exactly what to say. Whatever the decision, it will be fine. I already say that I know Michael, it is a good organization, but I understand other things and I will support the position that Aston Martin takes and I will agree with anything,” he insisted. Alonso about it.

“I don’t know how long I will be here to talk about the future of Formula 1, but there is not much battle between teams. Even if there were 50 of us on the track, we would only fight between one or two, because they will have a package similar to the one you have,” He speculated on how the competition will evolve in the coming years.

“It has been debated in the past, there has even been talk of the possibility of having three cars per team, and in the end it is not known which is the best solution. We have very capable people that I trust, in the FIA ​​and in the FOM , to make these decisions. We are in good hands,” concluded Alonso.