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Fernando Alonso: Unveiling the ‘Villain’ Perception, Max Verstappen and Alpine

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Accumulating six podium positions within the first eight races of the season, Fernando Alonso delves into the discord between public portrayal and his self-evaluation.

Discussing Formula 1, Alonso states it’s an incredible spectacle, both on and off the racetrack, often necessitating the adoption of certain characters.

He highlights how narratives are often created distinguishing heroes from villains, with him more often than not placed in the latter category.

This perspective arose during a conversation about a comment he made in the popular Netflix series, Drive To Survive, where Alonso, a two-time world champion, claimed to be part of the ‘dark side’ in the Formula 1 character ensemble.

At the Aston Martin team’s headquarters during the Belgian Grand Prix, he expounds on what he meant, and his sentiments regarding public perception.

“I feel fine,” he claims. “I feel content. It doesn’t bother me.

“The critical aspect is the continued interest and speculation about the years remaining on your contract as it shows potential for future driving opportunities.

“What transpires externally is merely a part of this grand spectacle.”

“No-one heard my account”

Alonso’s comments to Netflix were striking as they underscore a theme he has sporadically revisited over the past few years – the feeling of being treated differently as an outsider in an essentially British environment and being frequently typecast as the villain.

The Spanish driver admits this has been a consistent experience for him, suggesting a lack of support or the ability to effectively voice his side of various narratives due to his background.

However, it appears he might have learned to cope with this unfair treatment over time, despite being involved in a fair share of controversies.

One notorious incident was the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix, where Alonso was penalised for obstructing his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane, which led to a falling out with team management. Other incidents include openly expressing his frustration with the performance and reliability of McLaren’s Honda engine at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2015.

Yet, Alonso could argue that other drivers also make critical remarks about their competitors, behave questionably, and lose their cool over the radio without the same harsh judgement.

Regarding the welcoming reception to his return to the front with Aston Martin, Alonso notes the possibility of misunderstandings based on things being talked about or published in some episodes. “No one heard my side of the story, or the truth, or the facts,” he comments.

He asserts that the 2007 incident in Hungary was not accurately depicted, with key facts missing or skewed, which led to further confusion and misunderstanding. He insists that he is being open about these events for the first time, while acknowledging that not all will agree with his account.

Relating to Verstappen, Hamilton, and his combined 11 World Championships

Alonso identifies with world champion Max Verstappen, another perceived outsider who has faced criticism.

“I appreciate Max,” Alonso admits. “He is just a driver who arrives at the circuit on a Thursday, puts on a Red Bull uniform, competes over the weekend, then leaves the track to continue racing in simulators or GTs with his father while maintaining a normal life.”

Interestingly, Alonso’s triumphant return with Aston Martin this season has been received with universal joy. From the very first race in Bahrain, his success in landing on the podium six times in the first eight races and almost winning in Monaco has delighted fans globally.

Recounting his return, Alonso says, “I’ve been warmly received by everyone as I return to a more competitive position… For the older fans who still recall the glory days, it is nice to demonstrate that I can still be fast and relish my driving.”

Alonso has been an influential guide to his teammate, Lance Stroll, even offering live set-up advice mid-race. The Aston Martin team, owned by Lance’s father, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, essentially exists for Lance, creating a unique dynamic.

Revealing personal sentiments

Alonso might not have joined Aston Martin had Alpine managed their driver market more adeptly last season. Their hesitation over contract negotiations and various ill-advised media comments led Alonso to question their commitment.

“So that slow pace of conversations and even not putting on paper what we were discussing and all these comments about age and whatever, which they are still doing. You just want to prove even harder that you are in the best phase of your career,” Alonso states.

Even at the age of 42, Alonso looks forward to…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fernando Alonso

Who won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2023?

Fernando Alonso, driving for Alfa Romeo, won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2023.

Who set the fastest lap during the Spanish Grand Prix in 2023?

During the Spanish Grand Prix in 2023, the fastest lap was set by Fernando Alonso.

Who does Fernando Alonso race for in 2023?

In 2023, Fernando Alonso is racing for the Alfa Romeo team in Formula 1.

What were the conditions during the Spanish Grand Prix in 2023?

The Spanish Grand Prix in 2023 was held under sunny conditions, offering perfect weather for racing.

Has Fernando Alonso previously won the Spanish Grand Prix?

Yes, Fernando Alonso has previously won the Spanish Grand Prix, making his 2023 win another feather in his cap.

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Speedster99 August 2, 2023 - 9:04 pm

You can’t keep a good man down! Way to go, Alfa Romeo. Gr8 strategy guys.

PitlaneWatcher August 3, 2023 - 5:45 am

All these young guns on the grid and Alonso’s showing ’em how its done, like a boss!

RaceFan_82 August 3, 2023 - 9:12 am

Well done, Alonso! so glad to see him back in the top. Age is just a number, right?

NoisyCrowd August 3, 2023 - 11:13 am

wow!! nando’s still got it. this is why I love f1, never predictable!


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