Ferdinand Alonso finished satisfied with the seventh position achieved in the 2021 F1 British GP this Sunday. The Asturian driver could not repeat the magical start he made on Saturday in the sprint race, but he did complete another great race maximizing his result with a Alpine that he didn’t have enough pace to fight the Mclaren or the Ferrari from Sainz. The man from Oviedo was the protagonist of a beautiful initial battle with Vettel. The German passed him at the start but the Spaniard returned it to him in the highlight, after the red flag caused by the Hamilton accident and Verstappen. The Spanish tried a nice on the outside on the Teuton, who, having to be forced to draw on the inside, committed a spin. “He spun, I think. Well, I was too eager in the first corners, ”said the Spanish rider in relation to Sebastian, with clear irony. Later, after a slow pit stop by his team, he had to attack Stroll with cold wheels, which he quickly overtook to regain seventh position.
The Asturian said after the race that he had more rhythm, but that he preferred to keep Stroll close so the Canadian could defend himself from ‘Czech’ Pérez using the DRS offered Ferdinand. However, finally the Mexican went to the pits to take the extra point of fast lap from Hamilton to help Verstappen.
“I’m happy because we started seventh, we won the position with Max (Verstappen) after the accident and then we lost it with Carlos, the Ferraris were in another race today, but hey, good points, good fights, I think good maintenance also of the Tires in life, because I think the blisters were a problem today, and we wanted to have Stroll close by because he was our best defense with Checo when they were behind, and I didn’t want to distance myself too much. It had a bit more pace, but it had Stroll stopping the rivals a bit. ”
DEFENDED CZECH’S COME BACK BY GIVING DRS TO STROLL
“He had more rhythm, a little at the beginning in the first stint, near the pit stops, we pulled a little and distanced ourselves, we took 3 seconds out of him, but then we saw that when Checo was behind him, that Stroll had my DRS it was ours. best defense and we try to use it to the end “
“They said it was the hottest day in England in 2021, so the truth is that it was very hot and the tires were through the roof. After 3 or 4 laps the tires were at very high temperatures, 130 or 135 degrees, which is the limit of the ‘blister’, and I think today we had to keep an eye on the tires today ”.
THE HAMILTON AND VERSTAPPEN ACCIDENT
“I saw it on the replay, and it’s difficult to assess because Lewis was already half a car inside, not that he threw himself like crazy. Max knew it was there … and well, I think Hamilton was very lucky to continue because it is a touch where normally the two cars go outside ”.
“Did you have a 10-second penalty? I did not know, I did not know it. Did you win the race anyway? So it doesn’t change much (laugh)