Clive Mason – Formula 1Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is reaching the end of a season full of misfortune that will mean the end of his current relationship with Alpine, before jumping to the Aston Martin vacated by Sebastian Vettel just at the end of this campaign, in the usual final test of year.
However, there are still two appointments left in an agonizing 2022 where the abandonments have severely punished Fernando, weighing down the driver and team points throughout the year, with the withdrawal at the Mexican Grand Prix being the last to join a long list of misfortunes that occurred this season. Despite this, Alonso continues to show his commitment to what he has recognized as the team of his life, in the epilogue of this campaign, now being the turn of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Interlagos, scene of mythical disputes
In this way, the two-time champion faces the new challenge with the same optimism as always, knowing that if nothing fails he should get good points, and who knows what else: “There is always an unknown element when going to Brazil”, warns Fernando Alonso, regarding an always challenging test and where weather conditions tend to turn the pre-established order upside down:
“There are usually interesting races and results. Weather is hard to predict and we have seen some absolutely historic races in the past due to the unpredictability”, the man from Oviedo recalls about great duels at the José Carlos Pace Autodrome including championship decisions, such as those of 2008 or 2012, events in which the rain made an appearance throughout the race.
Hold on for ‘something’ to happen
“We are likely to see mixed weather conditions in qualifying, sprint race or feature race”, drops the Spanish driver, who with these truly chaotic racing precedents and in view of the weather forecast for this weekend in Sao Paulo, make Alonso and Alpine dream of a new opportunity to take risks and be able to achieve a result outside than normal for the French brand, with which to compensate for all the ills of a 2022 that has known little by the team.
“Thanks to the sprint format we have two attempts to score points and extend our lead over McLaren ahead of the last Abu Dhabi Grand Prix”, Fernando Alonso ultimately decides, assessing the importance of the change in the structure of the grand prix in his direct duel with McLaren in the constructors’ championship.