Can Fernando Alonso Execute ‘El Plan’?

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Liam Bewsher

Can Fernando Alonso Execute ‘El Plan’?

Fernando Alonso burst onto to F1 scene 21 years ago when he started his first Grand Prix for the European Minardi F1 Team back in 2001 at Melbourne, Australia, but, like then, we’re all still keen to see what the 40-year-old can continue to offer in a sport that he has given so much to.

The Story Pre-Alpine

The Oviedo-born Spaniard famously won back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006 with Renault F1 Team, winning 14 of the 37 races across these two seasons, fending off the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher along the way. These successes always provide us with the feeling that anything could happen with the Spaniard at the wheel.

Ultimately, Alonso made a poor career choice when he chose Ferrari over Red Bull, missing out on a potential four world titles, as he managed three second-place finishes 2010, 2012 and 2013, whilst his rival at the Milton Keynes based constructor in Sebastien Vettel won the title in each of these three campaigns.

Alonso was then replaced by Vettel at Ferrari as the Spaniard moved back to McLaren for a second spell in 2015, after already spending one season there in 2007, but, it was clear to see that this was a team in the midst of a heavy rebuild, meaning that his four years there were frustrating, with his 54 points in 2016 being the best tally he would manage.

F1 2022 Season RABs & Specials

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The Return

In 2021 Alonso made a shock return to F1 after a three-year absence with Alpine, having been frequently linked to the likes of Red Bull as a teammate for Max Verstappen whilst the likes of Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon struggled to fill the void left by Daniel Ricciardo’s departure.

Ironically, it was the Australian that Alonso would replace to partner Esteban Ocon at the French team, following Ricciardo’s move to McLaren after Carlos Sainz had joined Ferrari to fill the gap left by Aston Martin bound Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso’s first season back and the start of his third spell with the team would prove to be a good one, as he managed 81 points last season, scoring points in 15 of the 22 races in a car that lacked power down the straights. Two of his most notable performances were his fourth-place finish at Hungary where he sufficiently held Lewis Hamilton up enough to aid teammate Ocon to his first-ever victory.

And on a more personal note, Alonso managed his first podium since China in 2014 when he stunned the grid to finish third at Qatar last season following some incredible tyre management throughout the GP.

F1 2022 Season RABs & Specials

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10+ DIFFERENT RACE WINNERS @ 18/1

What is ‘El Plan’ for the 2022 Season?

Ultimately, we would all be surprised if Alonso managed to win a third World Driver’s Championship a mere 16 years after his last, although we are yet to see the true potential of each team’s car coming into the season’s opener in Bahrain.

The Alpine’s quickest testing times in Spain were certainly not blistering, although they did use C3 tyres, which are seen as one of the most durable compounds in the C1 to C5 system, with five being the quickest option.

Alonso was six-tenths shy of the Ferrari’s on the same tyres who perhaps impressed the most in what Alpine hope to be a season filled with development, having managed to take Aston Martin’s Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer from under the noses of their rivals having not adequately replaced Cyril Abiteboul.

If last season is anything to go off, the French constructor will be looking to build on their fifth-placed finish in last year’s championship and push towards the levels that both Ferrari and McLaren reached last time out in being able to challenge near the podium places with Alonso leading the line next to talented Frenchman, Ocon.

F1 2022 Season RABs & Specials

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ALONSO, BOTTAS & VETTEL ALL TO WIN A RACE @ 50/1

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