The ‘onboard’ of Fernando Alonso’s spectacular start in the Silverstone sprint classification: from 11th to 5th

Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris, in the Silverstone sprint

Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris, in the Silverstone sprint
Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris, in the Silverstone sprint
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Among the novelties that have appeared in the new sprint classification format with a race in the British GP, one of them was to choose the “Sprint moment”, or what is the same, the most spectacular action of the session. The one who has won this award has been, with total merit, Fernando Alonso. The Asturian’s start was pure spectacle, passing up to six riders in the first two laps.

Fernando Alonso, at the Silverstone circuit

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The video ‘onboard‘makes it very clear why Alonso is one of the drivers who makes the best starts in the Grand Prix. If this format succeeds, Spanish will be one of the great beneficiaries.

The sequence begins with Alonso in 11th position on the grid. The first to give up are Carlos Sainz Y Sebastian Vettel on the long straight, before the first corner. Braking much later on the outside allows you to take off George Russell, before staying on the outside to take off Daniel Ricciardo already Sergio perez from above. Lando norris It took him a bit longer, but in the end after hooking on his wheel he managed to gain position just as he entered the outside of the Copse corner. At the end of this sequence, Alonso is 5th.

Although later he ended up giving in with the Mclaren, so he finished 7th, Alonso explained it with a certain sparkle in his eyes: I had really enjoyed. “It was a very aggressive start, from 11th to 5th. Then we were out of position. Fifth we were too slow. We had to let the McLarens go and then resist Sebastian (Vettel). In a normal classification we would be 11th,” he analyzed .

“I’ve been stopping quite a few races soon enough,” Alonso recalled about one of his hallmarks. “In Baku I passed Carlos and Gasly like this, and in Austria something similar. I have quite a few races with confidence in that. Then in the first three or four corners there was a lot of action and we recovered positions, but with red tires we also suffered degradation at the end and we had to endure, but facing the race we recovered some position in this Q4 what do I call today, “he joked.

Fernando Alonso, at the Austrian GP

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Alonso also had time to throw a dart at the FIA. He does not forget what happened in the previous race, and referred to the overtaking of Lando Norris with which he came to fifth. “With Norris I had the intention of going out on the outside, really, because like everyone goes out in the first round, well I say, ‘I’m going to get to Copse and if he’s still inside I’m going to go out on the top. So I advance off the track, which is what they have done to me so far ‘. But it was not necessary because it lifted. But hey, I wasn’t going to get up, “he smiled.

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