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Fernando Alonso was fifth in Free Practice 2 of the Spanish Grand Prix behind his teammate, Esteban Ocon. Alpine continues to progress thanks to the improvements it has made in Barcelona and both drivers are optimistic for the race, especially Fernando Alonso because he is racing at home and that is extra motivation for him. In addition, the Asturian knows what it is to win the Spanish Grand Prix, something he has done twice (2006 and 2013). Precisely that of 2013 in Montmeló was Fernando Alonso’s last victory in Formula 1. And precisely, the Oviedo started that race in fifth position, the same position in which he finished Free Practice 2. Then the special connection that It exists between Fernando Alonso and the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit, and the fact is that a pilot had never won before starting so far back in Montmeló. Of the 22 previous times, 17 victories were for the poleman, four for the driver who started the Spanish Grand Prix in second position and one for third. To win that race, Fernando Alonso, who at that time was driving for Ferrari, overcame Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton on the Curvonne on the outside. He then undercut Sebastian Vettel and two laps later he beat Nico Rosberg. Although Raikkonen surprised the Spaniard by making one stop less than him, he ended up entering second to ten seconds behind Alonso, while Felipe Massa accompanied them both on the podium. Seven podiums for Alonso in Barcelona Fernando Alonso has been up to seven times on the podium in the Spanish Grand Prix. To the two victories he has won, we must add four second places and a third.The Asturian dreams of getting back on the podium in Montmeló, although his options will increase from next season, when the change in regulations called for introducing greater equality between the teams comes into force. The options of Fernando Alonso, or Esteban Ocon , from getting on the podium in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, they happen because something happens with the Mercedes or with the Red Bulls. And that is precisely what happened in FP 2. Verstappen and Sergio Pérez were ninth and tenth respectively and this allowed Leclerc to be third in the second practice session. Ocon and Alonso, meanwhile, were fourth and fifth.The importance of qualifying So, on a circuit where overtaking is very difficult, Fernando Alonso will have reasons to dream ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as long as he achieves good rating. That is precisely the objective of the Oviedo ahead of the fourth and fifth rounds of the World Cup. “We will try to classify better in the next races, especially in Spain and Monaco, which are going to overtake very badly. I am looking forward to arriving in Barcelona. We did not do preseason in Barcelona this year so it will be riding there for the first time with these cars and it is going to be a challenge. The chrono, which has been regular in the last races, both in Barcelona and in Monaco is going to be the most important thing of the weekend, so I have to put the batteries in that aspect and I will try to improve, “said Fernando Alonso. Even so. The two-time champion is aware that he will offer a better performance on Sunday than on Saturday: “I’m better in the car and with the team, with the tires and how long they last in the race; but it still needs to be one hundred percent. I’ll be better on Sunday than today, it’s a natural progression ”.Overtaking Sainz and Ricciardo Following this natural progression and confirming Alpine’s step forward in Barcelona, Fernando Alonso has reason to dream ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Whether he can dream of a podium or not will depend on the position in which the Red Bulls qualify or if something happens to either of their two cars, or those of Mercedes, in the race. On the other hand, Fernando Alonso will have to overcome Esteban Ocon and trust that neither Ferrari nor McLaren will join the party. If he does, the Spaniard comes from overtaking Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo in Portimao, so he can also be optimistic about it. What a beautiful battle! @alo_oficial manages to surpass @ Carlossainz55 🔥 It is a pride to enjoy with these two fighting hand-to-hand on the track! 😍 # PortugalDAZNF1 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/q8knKpeVCR – DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) May 2, 2021 ✈️ LIKE A PLANE! 🔥 What speed! What a way to launch to the end of the straight! @alo_oficial giving us SHOW with his comeback 💪 # PortugalDAZNF1 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/oiVDrl1NAO – DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) May 2, 2021

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