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F1 – Alonso: "We are not far from the podium, why not dream?"

Saturdays at the Singapore Grand Prix are always an almost unique opportunity to demonstrate one’s skill behind the wheel, even more so when you combine the fact of skimming the walls at 300 km/h at night with wet asphalt. This is what the drivers who jumped into Marina Bay experienced in the 2022 season standings, and far from giving up, Fernando Alonso took advantage of the difficult session to finish in fifth place.

The gearbox problems in his Alpine were not a hindrance for the Oviedo driver to even reach provisional pole position just seconds from the end of Q3, but, as was evident from the superiority of the rest of the cars, It was falling to the definitive fifth position.

The two-time world champion and winner in Singapore in 2008 and 2010, with the Crashgate controversy and his only Grand Chelem in the respective editions, did magic again to place an A522 that was perhaps not as competitive as it showed, since its teammate, Esteban Ocon, was eliminated on the first cut.

Aware of the difficulties in keeping the car on the asphalt, the Spaniard opened up to the DAZN microphones once he left the cockpit and wiped the sweat with a towel: “It was a complicated qualifying, especially when we mounted the dry tires And you have to feel a little bit what the grip is.

“Making a mistake was too easy, and getting the most out of the car was very complicated,” explained the driver who wants to say goodbye to his Alpine career with at least one podium finish in the remaining six races. “I’m very happy to finish inside the top five in a difficult session, but saved.”

When asked about his team’s fight with McLaren for fourth place in the constructors’ championship, he replied: “The truth is that the two teammates are marking us, Lando [Norris] and I at the beginning, and Estaban [Ocon ] and Daniel [Ricciardo] behind. We’ll try to make a strategy to cover them and try to finish in front of them.”

Despite only wanting to meet the goal of leaving Singapore with more points than the Woking team, the Asturian speculated on a better result, and perhaps he can repeat what he achieved consecutively from 2008 to 2010.

“I hope to finish in the top five, although… I don’t know who is behind the big ones, could it be Max?” asked Fernando Alonso. “That would mean sixth, but it’s the thing, accidents and things like that always happen in Singapore, so we’re not that far off the podium, why not dream?”

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