Retro is in fashion, and Fernando Alonso has understood this.
The 40-year-old Fernando surprised the entire gallery on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first time he had sneaked onto the front row of an F1 grid since the 2012 German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.
The pole holder for the event will take place Sunday at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Max Verstappen, was 14 years old at the time.
It’s a lease, then.
“I don’t know why, but the car was performing well from the start this weekend. We didn’t make any big changes in the setup or experiments.
Because the car performed well from the first free practice. So we were confident for the future on this circuit, where you have to build your pace to be successful.
“Many things have been here for a long time. I believe several drivers have tried this track for the first time in their careers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, among other things.
I’ve been shooting here for 16 or 17 years. I always say age and experience are a great advantage.
At the post-qualifying press conference, Verstappen looked surprised and very impressed by Fernando. He mentioned about F1 world champions in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s been a long time since Fernando was on the front row of the starting grid. I remember, when I was a kid, I often used to watch Fernando on TV.
He won his races, championships, and all those pole positions. It’s nice to be able to share the first line with him.
Fernando is not getting younger, but he is still very fast,” Verstappen said with a smile.
“But I know he’s very strong, so I’ll have to be wary,” he added.
There might be a chance that Alonso could surprise the whole world on Sunday by winning. Then it will be the first time for him in F1 since Spanish Grand Prix in 2013.
“To be honest, we should be able to fight for a top-5, but we are aware of our limitations.
We have seen it several times this season. The Red Bulls or the Ferraris start at the bottom of the pack and go up far ahead of us.
It would be a stroke of luck to finish in the top-4, but a top-5 would be a win for us,” said the veteran.
Alonso would then get his best result this season, having finished seventh in the last two races.
All that remains is to put on neon clothes and hope for festivities on Sunday night.
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