The Spanish Fernando Alonso, team driver Alpine de F1, stated that the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend will be very special for two reasons: the celebrating his 40th birthday this Thursday and the return to the track where he achieved his first triumph in 2003.
Alonso, who is the second oldest rider on the current grid only behind the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (41 years old), reaches his four decades in a great moment thanks to his streak of five races in a row scoring.
“It's nice to celebrate on a racing weekend so I can't complain. We will make sure we have a cake, but we have an important weekend ahead of us and I will be fully focused on the race. This is the last race before the summer holidays and I want to continue our streak in Budapest. "explained the two-time champion.
“Obviously it is a circuit where there is not much time to breathe with a lot of tight corners. It feels like a great karting circuit. We all love driving in Budapest because the driver has more influence than on other tracks ”, explained about the tortuous Hungarian scenery.
“I had good results in Hungary, especially in 2003 with my first victory in F.1. I also had podiums and pole there in 2009. I feel like the team is improving all the time, especially after our performance at Silverstone with both cars in the points. So I hope we have another good weekend. "He said.
Alonso is eleventh in the championship and is two places ahead of his young French teammate Esteban Ocon.