Fernando Alonso will be looking to follow up with a third Grand Prix in the points this weekend in Azerbaijan, in what will be his fourth appearance at the fast and twisty circuit. After getting his best result of the season in Monaco, the Spaniard is showing optimism as he approaches this new double header.
Seventh in Monaco, with a second finish in the points. What conclusions do you draw?
It was a good weekend for us, and we deserved to come away with these points. We found some performance between Friday and Sunday, and – overall – rode a good race to secure points. Usually the Monaco Grand Prix is quite predictable, but the mixed weather and tire choices made for a chaotic race. At the end, I had to preserve my rubbers because we had mounted the Mediums for the relaunch, but as soon as I could attack, we managed to create a sufficient gap with Lewis. I’m looking forward to Baku, where we want to score points for the third time in a row.
This is another urban circuit. Do you like this?
We now have a lot of street circuits in Formula 1. I like them because there really is no room for error. Baku is a circuit where it is possible to overtake in several places. In my last three races there, I managed to move up a number of places during the race. In this respect, it is very different from Monaco.
Tell us about the circuit from the driver’s point of view…
It is a fun circuit, where overtaking is possible. There is a mix of high and low speed corners and a very long straight. You need to have a set up accordingly. It will be interesting to see how the 2022 single-seaters perform on this circuit. I can’t really compare it to a track we’ve raced on this year. Also, your race here doesn’t necessarily depend on your performance on Saturday, and the established order can be totally upset by a safety car. I think it will be a fun race and I can’t wait to take on this challenge!