Fernando Alonso says he didn’t carry out on the degree he ought to in the course of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, however expects to be extra aggressive on the subsequent race in Portugal.
The Alpine driver completed eleventh on the street within the second race since his return to F1, and was promoted to tenth by Kimi Raikkonen’s penalty. He mentioned he’s nonetheless adjusting to his new automotive following his comeback.
“I’ve modified issues many occasions, even I modified class or totally different collection in motorsport many occasions and there may be at all times a interval of adaptation,” he defined. “However that has been by no means and excuse and it’s going to be not an excuse now.
“I must be higher. I used to be not on the proper degree this weekend, however I shall be in Portimao.”
Alonso was out-qualified by Esteban Ocon, who additionally completed forward of him within the race. However the two-times world champion isn’t involved at being behind his junior crew mate at this stage of his comeback.
“I used to be anticipating precisely what we’re discovering now,” mentioned Alonso. “I completed proper behind Esteban immediately. I used to be in entrance of him after I retired the automotive in Bahrain, with a man that’s performing very nicely and was two years within the crew. He completed within the podium final yr in Bahrain.
“It was my second qualifying right here and it’s my first race, right here, as a result of in Bahrain I solely did 30 laps and I’m roughly the place I anticipated it to be.”
Whereas Alonso expects to be extra aggressive on the subsequent race, he says it would take him longer to change into totally assured on the wheel of his Alpine.
“We at all times need to be larger up and also you need to be somewhat bit extra assured within the automotive. Most likely I used to be not assured in Bahrain or assured right here. I cannot be assured in Portimao. This isn’t a factor that it goes from day to nighttime after which you’re 100%. It can take time.
“However I’m right here to work and I’m right here to get higher. And a race like [this] it helps massively as a result of you possibly can really feel the automotive in very tough circumstances and you’ll study much more than only a regular race.”
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