The admiration for Fernando Alonso is directly proportional to the fear he generates and Damon Hill is the latest example of this. The former Formula 1 world champion has spoken very clearly about what the Spaniard brings and what he would be capable of doing in a winning team.
Fernando Alonso He is about to turn 41, but he has lost none of his competitiveness and motivation. The Spanish driver took two years off from Formula 1 and dedicated himself to gaining experience and winning in other disciplines. Something that allowed him to return to the premier class stronger than ever.
And, after an adaptation period of a couple of months in 2021, Fernando Alonso recovered his best form and this year he is performing like never before. Esteban Ocon is finding it very difficult to match his teammate and everyone assumes that Alpine will do well to renew the veteran two-time world champion.
Alonso, as cunning and fast as ever
That is, broadly speaking, the conclusion reached by Damon Hill in the official Formula 1 podcast, F1Nation. The 1996 Formula 1 world champion has analyzed the Azerbaijan Grand Prix alongside Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham, Naomi Schiff and Johnny Herbert, praising the fact that Fernando Alonso is the same as always.
“The tiredness or lack of enthusiasm does not seem to have made a dent in him. If right now you tell him: “We have a seat in a top car”, he would go for it and probably win, “said the former Brabham, Williams, Arrows and Jordan driver.
«The problem for a team from the front is to determine how long it will be there and the ‘carnage’ that will be once you start, something you usually do, get involved in the management of the team and in the political part, ”he clarifies next.
“He definitely crossed the line when he was at McLaren for the first time and also at Ferrari”reiterates, convinced that Fernando Alonso can be a conflictive driver in a team with aspirations.
I would like Alonso in my team
But, regardless of that, Damon Hill is very clear that he would want Fernando Alonso in his team, because in addition to being fast and competitive, he is extremely astute.
“I like him, he’s so cunning, he’s smart. Alex Albon considered him an incredibly smart guy because of his qualifying games. He was able to do the old tricks of it. But we have a slight admiration for the role of a con man, a guy who somehow he can make everything work for him and he does it with a smirk”Hill points out.
«And it pays, it’s not that it’s a nuisance and it doesn’t pay. Give up and give up for Alpine. I would prefer to have him on my team, to come out and do that to you »concludes the British.
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