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Fernando Alonso Finds Silver Lining in P6 Finish at Japanese GP

The Two-Time Champion Continues to Amaze, Despite Being the Oldest Driver on the Paddock

Old but Gold

If you have been following F1 news you will know that Fernando Alonso’s journey in the 2024 Formula 1 schedule has been a mix of highs and lows. While his association with Aston Martin started with podium finishes last year, the current season hasn’t been as successful. However, after securing a P6 finish at the Japanese Grand Prix, Alonso found reason to celebrate despite the challenging circumstances.

 

Fernando Alonso Finds Silver Lining in P6 Finish at Japanese GP
Aston Martin's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso /Philip FONG/AFP

A Bittersweet Victory for Alonso

Alonso’s performance at Suzuka, where he fended off late pressure from McLaren and Mercedes, marked a significant achievement considering Aston Martin’s struggles to keep pace with rival teams. Despite the limitations of his car, Alonso’s determination and skill shone through, earning him a well-deserved sixth-place finish.


Reflecting on his performance, Alonso expressed satisfaction with his race weekend. “I think it was one of my best races, or my best weekends,” he told Sky F1.

I think it was very complete and very strong, very solid since free practice to the race, maybe the best of the last year or maybe even top five of my career.

But it’s going to be completely anonymous. Everyone will forget by tomorrow this weekend that we had.

But I felt connected with the car, I think P5 yesterday that is completely out of position and P6 today is completely out of position. We are definitely slower than Red Bull and Ferrari, they are in another league at the moment, but I think McLaren and Mercedes are faster than us.


Mercedes did experiment a little bit with the car, the starting tyre today and a little bit bold strategy, but thanks to that we capitalised and gained that position.

And Oscar, maybe he was not having the top speed to really attack me. But I think P6 is completely unrealistic. So I’m very happy.

 

Uncertain Future

As Alonso’s contract with Aston Martin approaches its end, F1 rumors swirl around his future. With the driver market for the 2025 season heating up, Alonso’s name emerges as a potential key player. While he remains focused on his current season, Alonso admits that performances like the one in Suzuka play a role in shaping his decision regarding his F1 future.


Despite the joy of competitive racing, Alonso acknowledges the challenges ahead. While finishing 44 seconds behind race winner Max Verstappen isn’t ideal, Alonso remains determined to make the most of each opportunity on the track.

With the next round in China looming, Alonso’s stats at the Shanghai International Circuit are something to keep in mind as he has won twice at this circuit.

 

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