After the classification of the Grand Prix of Portugal, third date of the 2021 World Cup F1, the Spanish Fernando Alonso he was clueless about his 13th place. "We get worse than a second in an hour and a half", said the two-time champion about the performance of his Alpine A521 in reference to the time he had achieved earlier in the rehearsals. However, everything changed on Sunday and the two-time champion came eighthAlthough according to him it could have ended later.
“We had a better car than to finish eighth. We could have finished sixth or fifth, I don't know, because the car was going very well. We are very happy to have finished and to add more kilometers ”, Alonso summarized.
"The weekend has been the best in general: in sensations, in pace, the car was competitive compared to all the rivals, even with a Ferrari, with a McLaren ... We were in a fight that in Barhain and Imola seemed unthinkable", he said.
Regarding what happened on Saturday, he commented: “I still don't understand how you can lose a second or so on those laps, but what's past is past, Saturdays are useless. It would have helped to get ahead, we will try to qualify better in the next ones, especially in Monaco, in Spain, where the overtaking is going to be very bad. I'm happy with these points and with the weekend in general ”.
“It has not been easy to adapt and feel so close to each other. I keep learning with every lap I take, I keep getting used to it and improving. Although it sounds obvious, every time I get in the car and there is an exit, an overtaking, a safety car… with all those buttons, things are more automatic, you don't have to think about them ”, Spanish finished.