When it was announced that Fernando Alonso would be making his Formula 1 comeback, the F1 community was really excited. The two-time former world champion was had an impressive race at the season opener before an unfortunate sandwich wrapper forced a retirement.
Many were excited by the veteran’s return. However, there are some who believed that the younger drivers should be prioritised. Former Red Bull driver, Max Webber acknowledges Alonso’s F1 career and shares his mixed emotions on the comeback.
“Mixed emotions on this one for me. I have a massive amount of respect for Fernando, he’s one of the best that ever raced.
“But there’s a point where…I just love youth coming through, I love [asking] ‘where’s the next Max Verstappen? Where’s the next Charles Leclerc?’ They’re great for the sport.”
“Fernando’s a big name, huge for Spain, great for the sport, but I just like that our sport should continue to look for the future and find the Alonso we found 20 years ago,” explained the former F1 driver.
Webber believes the situation could become sour for Fernando Alonso
Alonso is making his comeback with the newly rebranded Renault, Alpine F1. This season, things are not going to be easy for the French team. However, the 2022 regulations could provide a more level field and the Spaniard is looking forward to the new era.
However, the former champion will have to settle for a midfield result and that could be easy for someone like Alonso who wants to win.
“It’s all happy days when there’s a bit of champagne flying around and Fernando is dominating or even beating his team-mate consistently and he’s the one performing and bringing more to the team. That’s all great.”
“If it’s the other way around, if Esteban Ocon has his measure and the team is mid-pack, there could be some friction because Fernando will not accept being outperformed by Ocon fair and square and if that does happen, that will be a challenge,” shared Webber.
Fernando Alonso had a tough start to the season and had to retire due to a break duct problem. However, he felt the speed of Formula 1 and what it was to race on the grid. Do you believe he will find his champion self and make the most of this season?