Speedy Alonso is cautious on the Saudi qualifying stage

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Speedy Alonso is cautious on the Saudi qualifying stage


Fernando Alonso showed another quick impression for Aston Martin in Friday’s practice in Jeddah but warned that he did not know where he would end up in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix series.

The 41-year-old Spaniard, whose thrilling bid to win his 99th podium lit up the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, said the team had made a good start, but was wary. Friday is not a reliable sign for Saturday.

Alonso was second behind the defending two-time world champion Max Verstappen the Red Bull in the second test, the two Red Bulls split in the fast Jeddah Street Circuit. Sergio Perez was third.

“We were P1 on Friday in Bahrain and maybe fifth or sixth in qualifying,” he said.

“Well, you never know, you never know until you qualify on Saturday.

“Today, we tested what we wanted on the car and we still didn’t have the right balance that we had to chase tonight, but it’s still good. Another good start! “

He also said he had no idea where the Silverstone team was in terms of speed, compared to other teams.

“I have no idea, I just drive the car and then I can see where I am.”

“The reality is, there are a lot of free trials, with many days between races, a lot of data to analyze and a lot of predictions and measurements. guess what – but that’s the beauty of F1!

“But, for us, the driver, it’s hard to read anything in the free trial.”

The smiling and fearsome Spaniard was first praised by Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack for “infecting” the team with his energy and motivation.

“It’s like we’re riding a wave,” Krack said. “It’s like feeling like that and being with him especially. He’s infecting us all, to be honest. You can hear him on the radio during the Bahrain race, how to this point.

“For us, he is very good, he motivates, he pushes the team forward and everyone who is practicing tries to do the best to get success.”

Since leaving Alpine to join Aston Martin this year, Alonso has been renewed.

His girlfriend Andrea Schlager, a journalist with Red Bull of the Salzburg-based Servus TV, reported that he was training hard for the new season.

“The whole winter includes the gym, tennis, skiing,” he said on TV Servus. “It was amazing how he went about it.”

He added that he expected his two-year contract with Aston Martin to be his last contract in Formula One.


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