Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, on the podium in Qatar.

Nor was he one of those who had in principle for the podium, with three ‘morlacos’ as Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas in the front rows and Checo Prez coming up behind, with Gasly in front and Norris in the back, but Fernando Alonso He ended up making it his to make history again, 7 years and three months later. “You have to have a bit of luck and I have not had it,” he said a few weeks ago, but this Sunday in Losail it reached him.

The penalty of five places to Max Verstappen and three to Valtteri bottas, issued only 1 hour and 15 minutes before departure, placed you in a third exit that opens a minimum chance to end up in the drawer. I did not waste it.

Together with the two roosters of 2021

In addition, he was the companion of the two guys who play this memorable World Cup, something that the Spaniard did not go unnoticed after crossing under the checkered flag. “I am happy that it has been a good weekend, with good competition, there has been no chaos or anything strange. We share the podium with Hamilton and Verstappen, not with … with all due respect, with any other. I am very grateful to everyone who has been waiting for so many years and was always there and trusting, “he said after getting out of the car.

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, on the podium in Qatar.NOUSHAD THEKKAYILEFE

On special days on demanding tracks the best appear and on the Qatar Grand Prix, the three top pilots of the present they stood out and shone with their own light. Hamilton took his 102 victory, the seventh of the year and was 8 points behind Max Verstappen, which came back like a fury from seventh place and was able to take the fast lap.

Exit and resource management

The third star, of course, was the Asturian who after a masterful start and a knife race, risking everything in every curve above the possible with a modest Alpine, who has ones 35CV less than Mercedes or Red Bull, He finished third, holding his position before a rocky Checo Prez, in a performance that already remains in history. The bolt that got him Max on the curve and past the outside to Gasly At 2, the brand of the house and to savor again and again, they were the two props in which he forged one of his best afternoons, in many years.

This Sunday’s podium speaks of the durability of a gift, that of Alonso as a pilot, but also of the will to continue maintaining it based on training, determination, ambition and enthusiasm. And, beyond the will, have the physical ability to to be able to continue in the highest with 40 years, something that is the most complicated thing in professional sports. Fernando can and wants to stay in the elite of F1 and it shows. With a car, he would be a champion again.

A fast car for 2022

Alonso radiated happiness after getting off the podium, but everyone asked him about the future at the press conference: “Well, it is difficult to predict what will happen in the next few years, but Yes, I would love to be in the fight with them And whoever makes a good car next year, I think it’s going to be a reboot for everyone and it is up to us to make a fast car. It’s not like this year, which was a continuation of the last campaign, but in 2022 everyone has the same cards, so dwe must play smarter and hopefully build a fast car and, if we’re in that position, I feel strong, I feel ready to take the battle and let’s see “,

The day was round for Alpine, with 25 harvest points, thanks to Esteban Ocon’s fifth, who stopped Checo Prez as best he could with 9 laps to go. “Tell him to defend himself like a lion”, peda Fernando by radio to your engineer. The French put up a very tough resistance and stopped Red Bull in three curves that threatened his podium. But nothing to do with the cape that Fernando threw on his companion in Hungary, where he put the victory on a tray by keeping Hamilton behind for 11 laps.

Those of Enstone they hold fifth in the Constructors’ World Championship, with just 25 points ahead of AlphaTauri, whose drivers were diluted in Qatar like sugar, despite driving a really fast car. l

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