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Alonso: "We've had a bit of a weird weekend"

After an impressive comeback from last position to score a point at the 2022 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, including controversy over an unsafe addition to the track, Fernando Alonso traveled to France to contest the 12th round of this campaign , the home one for Alpine.

The man from Oviedo was restrained in the first free practice sessions on Friday, and he barely managed to get close to the high positions in the middle zone. In the morning session he could only finish 15th, while in the afternoon he moved up a few places to 11th, but still far from the Enstone team’s goal.

Already on Saturday, the two-time world champion, after hearing what his boss, Laurent Rossi , said about what he expects to be on the grid for the 2023 season, like Oscar Piastri , picked up the pace to be a clear candidate for best of the rest in the ranking.

At the moment of truth, the Spaniard showed good speed with his A522 in French lands, and with his final time in Q3 he was very close to overtaking the Mercedes and Lando Norris’s McLaren, in seventh place .

“I’m happy, we’ve had a bit of a weird weekend in terms of competitiveness,” explained the Spaniard. “We were quicker at Silverstone or Austria than here in France, so we have to see why.”

Some teams in the middle zone have managed to make improvements to their single-seaters, so the fight for fourth position in the constructors’ standings seemed difficult for the French: “McLaren and AlphaTauri have also brought new parts and perhaps have taken a step forward, so being there in the ointment with everyone in Q3 I think is a good first step, but I hope tomorrow to be more competitive and to be fighting with Lando [Norris]”.

Asked on the DAZN F1 microphones about how Friday’s work went to prepare for qualifying and Sunday’s race, Alonso said: “Yesterday it seemed we were doing quite well on race pace, behind Mercedes, as the fourth team. “.

“Today after one lap we thought we couldn’t get all the performance, in fact we were seventh, so maybe our strong point comes tomorrow in the race, and hopefully that’s the case”.

The tire strategy will be one of the keys for the French Grand Prix due to the high temperatures, and the Spaniard is aware of this: “In theory, one because of how long the pitlane is, it’s 27 seconds. One, in principle, It is always better, but in this heat we are going to have to drive very slowly, so there comes a point where you do not know if it is preferable to go slower, and we will not know that until lap 15 or 20, when we see different strategies ” .

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