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Fernando Alonso takes swipe at ‘political’ F1 and claims “it’s much less pure” than different collection  | F1

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The 2-time world champion stop F1 on the finish of 2018 to pursue different pursuits in motorsport, together with collaborating within the Indy 500, Le Mans 24 Hours and Dakar Rally. 

Following a two-year hiatus, Alonso returned to F1 in 2021 with Alpine, earlier than transferring to Aston Martin final yr, as he continues his pursuit of an elusive third world title. 

Requested whether or not he nonetheless thinks F1 is much less pure than different collection, Alonso stated: “I feel I’ve all the time thought of F1 in the identical means, even after I was within the youthful classes. 

“After discovering different collection, I nonetheless suppose the identical, sure.

“Here’s a little bit completely different to elsewhere. Extra politics concerned. The significance of the package deal, the automotive, the enter of the driving force is restricted within the efficiency of your individual automotive.

“It’s essential to work otherwise. It’s a little much less pure.”

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A sensational transformation over the winter enabled Aston Martin to begin this season as Crimson Bull’s nearest challengers, however the group have fallen behind the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren in latest races. 

“It was sudden, in a means, how aggressive the group was from the primary race,” Alonso stated. 

“We discovered ourselves in a really sturdy place, so we maximised each alternative within the first few races.

“In the previous few occasions, we have been perhaps not as aggressive as the primary a part of the yr, however we nonetheless scored factors in each single weekend. 

“Now within the second a part of the yr, I feel we wish to return to a extra aggressive place. I feel every little thing is so tight now behind Crimson Bull with Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren – so we wish to be in that struggle till Abu Dhabi. And that’s the intention.”

Alonso in contrast Aston Martin’s present aggressive place to “taking part in within the Champions League”. 

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“I feel it was a shock for us that the automotive was quick, however I feel the group was excellent over the winter, understanding what the issues have been final yr,” he added. “I feel reliability, technique – every little thing – we did issues actually good in a lot of the races to get these outcomes.

“It’s not solely the tempo of the automotive, it is advisable to grasp every little thing within the weekend from free observe one till Sunday. I feel we’re like taking part in within the Champions League in the intervening time and we’re discovering ourselves with the very prime groups, making an attempt to develop in addition to off observe. That is going to be the largest problem for Aston Martin now.” 

Aston Martin are introducing a major improve at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix as they appear to wrestle again second place within the constructors’ championship from Mercedes.

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