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"I'm a more complete, competent driver now," warns Alonso

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02/03/2021

One of many talking points this season is sure to be the return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, and the Spaniard can't wait to go racing again.

Disillusioned with the McLaren-Honda debacle, and indeed the direction the sport was (or wasn't) taking, Fernando Alonso walked away from F1 at the end of 2018.

However, as he went about trying to emulate Graham Hill in achieving motor sport's Triple Crown, it was clear that for the Spaniard F1 remained unfinished business.

Persuaded to return to the fray, with the team with which he won his two titles, Alonso believes he is a more complete and competent driver these days.

"I became a more complete driver," he insists. "You constantly learn when you push yourself to new limits and when you are out of your comfort zone.

"Without a doubt, I'm a more competent driver now than two years ago," he adds. "But I want to improve even more as a driver.

"I took a lot of learnings from the last two years away from the sport," he continues, "and I want to consolidate these and apply them in F1. For example, different philosophies of racing, driving techniques and approaches to work ethic.

"In terms of results it's so difficult to predict," he admits. "Last year the midfield pack was very close so this year anything can happen."

Other than a certain amount of anticipated 'ring rust', the Spaniard's preparations weren't helped by the cycling accident which left him with a fractured (upper) jaw.

"I normally think that it takes every driver on the grid three or four races to optimise everything on a new car, maybe a bit more if you change teams or if you are new to F1," he says. "To be 100 per cent up to speed it can take at least the first couple of races, but it is the same for everybody.

"I also had a small setback with a bike accident a few weeks ago," he admits, "but luckily the preparation and my fitness will not be impacted and I'm ready to go."

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1. Posted by kenji, 03/03/2021 0:31

"Of all the changes happening to the teams with drivers, Alonso's return must be one of the most intriguing. He never fails to give it his all and he is an exciting driver to watch. I see no reason why he can't continue to deliver despite his 2 year absence. This will be his last serious test [ I presume ] and with that in mind his motivation must be running at 100%...otherwise why return ? He certainly doesn't need the money. It will be fascinating to watch. Hopefully all the childish 'political' taunts are shelved and we can get down to serious racing....."

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2. Posted by jo6pac, 02/03/2021 18:16

"Please stop riding your bike on road ways"

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