Two-time F1 world champion Alonso returned to the sequence in 2021 with Alpine after taking two seasons out to discover different motorsport occasions such because the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.
Alonso has scored factors in eight of the final 9 races, placing him 5 factors away from Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon within the drivers’ standings.
However following Daniel Ricciardo’s win at Monza, Alonso is now the highest-placed driver within the championship but to attain a podium end this 12 months. His finest outcome has been fourth place in Hungary, the place his defence towards Lewis Hamilton helped Ocon rating a shock win for Alpine.
Alonso has not scored a podium end in F1 because the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Spaniard was sceptical about his possibilities of ending that drought within the remaining eight races of this season.
“I feel we’re the fifth or sixth quickest staff on the market,” Alonso mentioned.
“So for us to get a podium, we actually want a really chaotic race. With out that, I feel by pure efficiency, I feel prime six, prime seven is our most place.
“We did obtain that in just a few races this 12 months, and I’m pleased with the consistency. And it’s worthwhile to be tremendous fortunate to get one podium. I used to be not up to now.
“I don’t count on to be within the remaining races. If it comes, clearly will probably be welcome, however I feel we have to work on practical expectations.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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Alonso completed eighth at Monza two weeks in the past, however he felt hopeful of an improved displaying in Sochi this weekend on the Russian Grand Prix, regardless of rain being forecast for Saturday that might complicate the image.
“We expect that Monza was one of many worst for us when it comes to format and traits of our package deal, so right here must be a step higher,” Alonso mentioned.
“It’s essential to really feel snug with the automotive. The set-up must be within the window straightaway on Friday. The climate appears a little bit bit unknown in the mean time, and even fairly moist on Saturday.
“So will probably be necessary to have a clear Friday, as a result of possibly that’s the one dry working you get.
“You by no means know, however we have now extra confidence right here than in Monza for certain.”