Alonso: A crazy race!

Alonso: A crazy race!

Alonso: A crazy race!

Fernando Alonso reflected on his 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, finishing seventh and bagging the extra point for the fastest after what he labeled a crazy race.

Not only the race was crazy for Alonso, as the overall weekend was a rollercoaster for him, as he was on the pace starting from the Sprint qualifying where he qualified third, but after a thrilling battle with compatriot Carlos Sainz in the Sprint Race he retired in the finals laps with a puncture.

The double Formula 1 Champion’s strong form continued in qualifying where he was third fastest behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

In the race on Sunday, Alonso was feisty as usual, mugging Perez of second place at the start, but after that the reality of his Aston Martin’s inferior pace kicked in.

He dropped down the order and after a Virtual Safety Car and two Safety Car periods he finished seventh with the fastest lap, his mega save at the final corner while chasing Lewis Hamilton probably the highlight of the race.

Speaking after the race, quoted by F1’s Official Website, the Spaniard said: “Definitely, [a] crazy race. [There were] a lot of things happening for us in the race.

“[I had a] great start, P2 the first couple of laps, then a few Safety Cars that probably didn’t help our strategy and made us save the tyres a little bit and last until the end. We had to make another stop, so that was not ideal. At the end [I] nearly crashed, but then fastest lap and P7, so all in all I think a good weekend,” he explained.

Alonso was the only driver to use the Soft tyre in the middle stint, which meant he needed to do another pitstop and then climb up the order again.

He shed some light: “We only had one [set of] hard tyres and in the middle of the hard stint the Safety Car came, so our good race tyre was gone in a way after that Safety Car.

“We didn’t have any more options, so yeah, let’s see. Maybe next time we don’t race the Sprint we save tyres and we have more race for Sunday, like this we don’t have even a strange penalty,” Alonso mused.

In Aston Martin’s race report, Alonso insisted the team still needed to put more effort, he added: “We have some work to do to improve our Sunday pace and match what we can do in Qualifying.”

Alonso is currently eighth in the 2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship with 31 points, just two behind Mercedes’ George Russell who is seventh.