Fernando Alonso retired for the sixth time this season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday. The driver who became champion in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, Alpine’s predecessor, is glad he can finally leave the team. He is looking forward to starting a new chapter at Aston Martin.
Alonso started the race at Yas Marina Circuit from 11th place after just losing Q3 in qualifying. He made a place on Daniel Ricciardo in the opening stages and then followed behind Sebastian Vettel for most of the race. He later said that he did not want to attack the German and wanted to enjoy the moment. The fun was soon gone, however, when it collapsed halfway through with a water leak.
Alpine reliability is unacceptable
“Unfortunately we had another problem with the engine,” Alonso explained, among other things. GP fans. “I am happy to be here [bij Alpine] Done. It’s the fact that the 14 car has had six retirements, but also moments, such as qualifying problems in Australia and a sprint in Austria, that I couldn’t even start. We had about nine or ten reliability issues and this level is not acceptable. This has always happened to my car, so I’m glad it’s over.”
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We hope with Aston Martin the best of luck
The Spaniard said after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: “Tomorrow I’m going to make up the seat for me in an Aston Martin, on Tuesday we’ll be testing the tyres, and hopefully this will be a project where I’ll have better luck.” British team. Like I said, I’m happy with the separation [bij Alpine] And tomorrow morning I start with a new impulse with an Aston Martin. This project is great in terms of the people they hire, the facilities they have, and the amount of investment in it. The good times are coming. I can’t wait for next season.”
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