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Alonso's return will be positive for F1

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11/01/2021

Former F1 driver, Pedro de la Rosa believes that the return of countryman Fernando Alonso will be positive for the sport.

The Spaniard, who contested 107 Grands Prix between 1999 and 2012 for Arrows, Prost, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT, even tips Alonso for another title.

"He loves Formula 1," says the Spaniard in a new documentary about the two-time world champion who returns to the grid this season with Alpine.

"These last few years away from the sport have made him appreciate F1," he added. "His return is going to be very positive for F1 in general, not just for him, he can win the world championship again!

"In Spain he has created an excitement around the sport, it all used to be a bit sad before Alonso appeared. People used to be completely indifferent to it because there wasn't a Spaniard who was winning."

Alonso, who topped the timesheets at last month's Young Driver Test, is not the only reason interest in Spain is building ahead of the new season, for at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz joins Charles Leclerc, thereby becoming the first Spaniard to race for the Scuderia since... Alonso in 2014.

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1. Posted by F1 Yank, 13/01/2021 16:36

"I hope ALO does well. At this point in his career and being out of F1 for two years there will be a huge re-learning curve. I was impressed that he did so well at the so called "young driver test". I hope to see ALO really wring out every ounce of performance like he did in the Ferrari. He really can't complain at all if he is at the back or not performing well. Seriously, have any of you tried to keep up with a 22 year old, biking, running, weightlifting? What I would really like to see is how well he would do in the Mercedes, probably would win every race. "

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2. Posted by kenji, 12/01/2021 11:59

"The one thing that we can be certain of is that he will be giving it his all....and that may be awesome to see. Personally I like Alonso for his dedication. Never mind the politics, that's just the way he goes racing. I may not always agree with what he says but I appreciate it when he opens up and says what he thinks. Nothing saccharine in his comments...haha Good to see you back Fred."

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3. Posted by @R1Racing71, 12/01/2021 8:12

"But just not for Cyril !"

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4. Posted by F1nerd, 11/01/2021 9:17

"It will be great to see him back, being a long term fan of his I would love to see him do well. Hope Alpine give him the car to get the job done."

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