Green shoots for Fernando Alonso in free practice at the Azerbaijan GP, ​​with Carlos Sainz on the podium

Fernando Alonso, in Baku

Fernando Alonso, in Baku
Fernando Alonso, in Baku
XPB / James Moy Photography Ltd.

It is not much less to raise the bells to the flight, but seen where it comes from, there are reasons for fans of Fernando Alonso smile a little after the start of the weekend in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Asturian pilot finished in 9th position, in a session full of track exits and the odd serious scare. The news is not so much this, since no one can feel excited about such a position, but because of how he achieved it: did not run on the softer tires and therefore more competitive. This suggests that this position can still improve a few tenths, although it will depend on what the other teams do as well.

Fernando Alonso, in the Alpine box

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Given Alonso’s work plan regarding Esteban Ocon, the sensations are optimal since he has been able to overcome his teammate, who did not pass the 16th. The Asturian continues with his specific preparation to continue adapting to the tires and that power steering that is giving him so much war on his return to competition. Alpine had already advanced that the progressive technical innovations were going to help Alonso feel more comfortable, something that in a circuit as variable as Baku is key.

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The best Spanish options are, however, in the hands of Carlos Sainz. After his historic second place in Monaco, the Madrilenian started in the free practice in Baku with a more than desirable third position, behind Max verstappen and his partner Charles Leclerc.

The great doubt lies in the Mercedes, which in the first free were totally disappeared: Lewis hamilton scored a poor 7th place and Valtteri Bottas It seems to have not landed yet mentally (physically yes, despite the scare on Thursday) and did not pass 10th.

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