Fernando Alonso and the value of seniority: “If I ran now against my 23-year-old self, I would beat him with one hand”

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
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They say experience is a degree and Fernando Alonso he has it very clear. The pilot of Alpine He did not hesitate to declare that if he faced Alonso in his twenties now, at 40, he would defeat him without any problem.

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“What I feel may seem contradictory to outsiders because it seems that in sport, also because of how social networks are, we get confused about age and about the performance that an athlete can give”, Explains Fernando Alonso in an interview for Motorsport.com. “This is not the Tour de France, it is not the Olympic Games, nor is it football, in which at 23 you are at the peak of your performance. If I ran against my 23-year-old self now, I would beat him with one hand. Is not the same. It’s not how young you are, it’s how fast you are, that’s how the stopwatch doesn’t work in motorsports”.

In addition, Alonso made it clear that he still wants to continue driving and prove his worth on the circuits, despite the generational change in Formula 1 is evident. “There are people who want to see new names, they want to see new promises, They want to get rid of some of the names they see every weekend, but I find myself running for a long time”, Admits the Asturian pilot. “If it’s in F1, great. If it is not F1, I will try to pursue some of the challenges that remain outside of F1, to become the most complete driver there has ever been in motorsport ”.

Regarding his immediate present, Alonso sees the evolution of Alpine in a very positive way and speaks of next year as a key moment in the team’s career. “We are working on next year’s project, but it is too early to say anything and nobody knows what the numbers are because you have nothing to compare with. We are all realistic and we still have to wait for the month of February because we will see many surprises when the cars are discovered for everyone”, He confesses.

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