“Everything is coming automatically” – Fernando Alonso won two world titles with Renault but took time to adjust himself upon returning to the team this season.
Fernando Alonso last raced for McLaren before taking a two-year sabbatical from Formula 1. He has returned this season with his championship-winning team Renault (running as Alpine).
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 17, 2021
And he suggests that took him some time to re-adjust with the car, and the team as a whole. He has now grown in confidence, scoring points in the last five races.
“I think at the beginning of the year I needed a couple of races to get used to everything in the car, not only for the F1 [car] itself but also the Renault.
“I think if I was jumping back on the McLaren style and the McLaren steering wheel, etcetera, I could maybe shorten that adaptation but with Renault, there was a little bit more work to be done. In the first races I was quite careful, I didn’t want to make a big mistake.
“Everyone was saying, you know, ‘let’s see how Fernando does after the different categories and coming back to F1 will it be easy, not easy, what do you think about the young generations,’ all these things.
“I just wanted to execute the races with no mistakes and slowly build up the confidence. Now I have more confidence and knowledge of the car and the team and the tyres I can drive with not too much thinking.
“I can just use the instinct because everything is coming automatically so I am happy for that.”