Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic'

Fernando Alonso reckoned that Alpine's one-stop strategy in Sunday's Spanish GP, that left him a lowly P17 at... The post Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic' appeared first on F1i.com.

Alonso reckons Alpine one-stop strategy was 'very optimistic'

Fernando Alonso reckoned that Alpine's one-stop strategy in Sunday's Spanish GP, that left him a lowly P17 at the end of the day, was "very optimistic" but still worth the risk.

Alonso spent the bulk of his afternoon on the fringe of the top ten, hoping that his one-stopper would pay dividends at the checkered flag.

But a drop off in the performance of the Spaniard's set of medium tyres in the closing stages of the race forced the Alpine charger to undertake another swap with five laps to go.

"I couldn’t drive!" joked Alonso. "I think we were in a very optimistic strategy with one-stop and I knew that [the drivers behind] were coming.

"I tried to hold five or six cars behind me for a couple of laps but it was not enough.

"But I would rather prefer to risk that strategy and try to take that point than sit there behind and not scoring. We were brave today, maybe too brave. I think there is some work to do."

  • Read also: F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2021 Spanish GP

While Alonso's one-stop strategy failed on Sunday, it delivered a P9 finish to teammate Esteban Ocon who out-qualified and out-paced the two-time world champion at the Circuit de Catalunya for the third race in succession.

But the 39-year-old veteran says he's still in the process of getting on top of Alpine's A521.

"There’s still some work to go in terms of different driving style, different way of trying to set up for me in the car. I have some homework for sure," Alonso said.

"I think we felt more competitive here and it’s good. We want more, we will not stop here and hopefully more to come at Monaco."

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Hamilton 'learned a lot' about Verstappen in Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton says he learned a lot about Max Verstappen in Sunday's Spanish GP, perhaps more than "in... The post Hamilton 'learned a lot' about Verstappen in Spanish GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Hamilton 'learned a lot' about Verstappen in Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton says he learned a lot about Max Verstappen in Sunday's Spanish GP, perhaps more than "in all the other races put together".

Hamilton started his afternoon in Barcelona from pole, but the Mercedes driver lost the lead at the first corner when an authoritative Verstappen lunged down the inside.

However, Hamilton remained close to the Dutchman's Red Bull during the pair's first stint but pitted earlier than the latter, which forced him to reel in his rival who had opted for a longer second stint on the medium tyre.

Hamilton overhauled Verstappen for the lead just six laps from the checkered flag as Mercedes' strategy prevailed. But the time spent behind the Red Bull charger was put to good use by the Briton.

"I’m continuing to love this battle we’re having," Hamilton said after conquering his 98th career win in F1.

"It was actually a really good day, I learned a lot about Max today, perhaps more than all the other races probably put together, so this has been a good one in that sense.

"When you’re with people on track you get to see different things and watch closely, and obviously I was following relatively closely.

"I learned a lot about his car and learned a lot about how he uses it, so it was a good race in that respect."

  • Read also: 'In a way I could see it coming', admits Verstappen

Verstappen's forceful move at the start left no doubt about the Dutchman's steely determination. But Hamilton was unfazed by his rival's energetic maneuver and focused on "the long game".

"I know Valtteri [Bottas] was starting third and the goal was to work as a team, so I stayed to the left," he said.

"I think in hindsight there could have been a moment looking back, that when Max moved in behind me for a second I could have pulled across and sealed the job there but I didn’t.

"As we went into Turn 1 I made sure I gave as much space as I could to Max. In my mind it’s always a marathon not a sprint so I’m thinking of the long game.

"Sure, you could be a little more aggressive, [but] do I need to? I’m in the position I’m in because I don’t get too aggressive when I don’t need to be."

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