Today, Alain Prost works as an advisor to the Alpine F1 team, the team with which Fernando Alonso made his comeback in F1.
At the Qatar GP, Alonso managed to score his first F1 podium in more than seven years. In the opening phase he passed Pierre Gasly, who had started from second place, and later he only had to give way to Max Verstappen.
Towards the end of the race things got a little tense as Sergio Perez approached at high speed, but thanks to a good strategy and good teamwork from Esteban Ocon, Alonso was able to secure his podium place.
“I’ve waited so long for this, so I’m happy,” Alonso said after the race.
“It was a strange stage for me. I didn’t really know what to do. Those two riders are at war and there I was, not wanting to stand out too much!”
But according to Alain Prost, there was no doubt who was the star on the podium after the Qatar GP. He tells this in an interview with ‘Auto, Motor und Sport.’
“For me he is the best driver on the field,” said Prost. “The overview of the race he has is incredible, as is his feel for the tires, the comments he makes about the car and how he provides information to the engineers.”
After an absence of two years at Alpine, if we can believe Prost, they also have to deal with a reborn Alonso.
“Fernando has always told me that he has become a different person, and I have to say he was right,” Prost said. “He is fully at the service of the team, and that is very good for the team.”
But how long will Alonso continue with it? The Spaniard has stated in his F1 comeback that he sees this year as a transition year with a view to 2022, when the new regulations in Formula 1 come into effect. Then he wants to be competitive and at the end of the season he will then weigh his options.
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