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Deflated Fernando Alonso Has Nothing to Give at Imola GP: “Finish the Race, Go Home”

Naman Gopal Srivastava

Deflated Fernando Alonso Has Nothing to Give at Imola GP: "Finish the Race, Go Home"

Life was going smoothly for Fernando Alonso when he joined Aston Martin in 2023. He was a regular face on the podium last season, with his team emerging as the dark horses on the grid. Following a strong finish to the 2023 season, the expectation from Alonso and his team was to build on from there. However, following a dismal Qualifying session in Imola, the Spanish driver has hardly any hopes left, as quoted by SoyMotor.

Fernando Alonso saw himself take an early exit in the Qualifying session in Imola. He finished last among all of the active drivers in Q1.

Knowing well enough that the track in Italy is one of the toughest circuits to overtake, the 42-year-old is gearing up for a long race ahead. Hence, the two-time former world champion believes all he can do is start preparing for the upcoming race in Monaco. 

“Well, nothing, the truth is, nothing. Finish the race, go home and think about Monaco . This is the second most difficult circuit to overtake, only behind Monaco.”, said Alonso.

A lack of competitive machinery has been the primary cause of Aston Martin’s downfall in 2024. While Alonso has often performed beyond the capabilities of the car in Qualifying sessions, it all comes back to zero once racing is underway. 

The only way to bypass this situation is to bring viable upgrades to the car, but the recent upgrades haven’t been anything to write home about. 

“Aggressive” Aston Martin developments not a boon for Fernando Alonso

Ahead of the 2024 Imola GP, Aston Martin opted to bring a major upgrade to their car. Per the team’s Technical Director, Dan Fallows, the upgrade is the first step in an “aggressive” approach to development adopted by Aston Martin. Fallows explained that the team has realized where they can push forward and where they need to be careful. 

The upgrade in Imola is Aston Martin’s “biggest one to date.” But, the team plans to keep bringing more such upgrades in the next few races. However, the fact remains that the upgrade hasn’t resulted in a lot of positives for Alonso.

The Spaniard will be starting the race in Imola from the last row and has little to no hope of getting into the points in Italy. Given the same, all hopes from the upgrades now rest on the race in Monaco.

Post Edited By:Aishwary Gaonkar

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

Naman Gopal Srivastava


Naman is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. Initially a football fanatic who worships Puyol and Leo Messi, Naman soon fell in love with the world of F1 upon reading about Jim Clarke. While the current era drivers do fascinate him, Naman still chooses to idolize Clarke and Ayrton Senna. When he is not busy watching the highlights of some of the greatest races of his idols, Naman can be found scribbling little snippets in his diary of poems or out in the town, exploring new places to eat.

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