“A bit of Fernando’s magic, right?” Marcin Budkowski, head of Alpine and suitcase in hand, interrupted Alonso’s conversation with journalists in Baku.
The Asturian was in a hurry because he had to go to the airport. Perhaps that’s why he finished a relatively unprofitable race with two heart-stopping laps in which he went from tenth to sixth.
The weekend was already satisfactory, because he had entered Q3 on Saturday, was always ahead of his teammate and was aiming for points in Azerbaijan. But Ocon abandoned due to an engine failure, faces were twisted in Alpine’s garage and the two-time champion must have arrived to give a joy with his best result so far in the most anticipated return.
Alonso himself told AS how those last kilometers were: “It was crazy, two laps with everyone very aggressive, when you know that you don’t have to take care of the tires or anything you can be quite aggressive. It went well, I overtook on the First corner because the car went very well, and then others in turn three and turn five. I am happy, because the weekend had been very solid for us, very good. The tenth represented little of what our work had been.
In Baku and the sixth I think it does reflect a little more how the weekend went. I’m happy for the team. ” “We will have to think if we want 22 two-lap races on Sundays, because it was really fun,” he said.He passed Ricciardo, Sainz and Tsunoda, as well as Hamilton.
Before, with televisions, he joked: “I’m happy because it went well. I talked to the team before the highlight and told them: ‘Look, we’re going to go all out. If I see a gap I’m going to get in, if we lose a point , or the front wing or I’m going against the wall, bad luck, but let’s at least try. For three or four grands prix we have always been among the best starters.
The tires? “Today it was good, others Sometimes it goes wrong, we have had that bit of luck compared to others. In the race, up to that point, we have been a bit slow. If I remove Saturday from Monaco, from Portugal I am quite satisfied ” ,summarized. Although the best conclusion was Budkowski’s. How good a little magic feels six races later.