Fernando Alonso will contest his 350th Grand Prix in Formula 1 this weekend (for 352 entries), equaling at the same time Kimi Raikkonen’s record.
Fit and ready to battle it out at Monza, he will be looking to wrap up this weekend of records with yet another high-flying performance in Italy.
Sixth place in Zandvoort was difficult to achieve but exciting for you, tell us…
“It was a good race for us in Zandvoort, in front of amazing fans. We had a difficult Saturday, missing Q3 due to traffic. But the car had a good pace in the race and we were able to gain a lot of positions. We were in place until the safety car took to the track and the competitors around us put on new tyres. It was a struggle until the end, and we finally inherited sixth place after the penalty imposed on the Ferrari. It was a very intense race, which was like a great qualifying session! In the end, I got my tenth place in points in a row and we will try to follow up at Monza this weekend. »
You are coming to Monza for the 19th time. Do you still like to run there?
“Monza is one of the most historic places to hold a Formula 1 race. On this triple confrontation, we go from the very Dutch atmosphere of Zandvoort to the passion of the Tifosi in Monza, which is quite special. I’m always welcomed by Italian fans because of my time at Ferrari. I won there twice and I got on the podium several times. The track is exhilarating and overtaking is possible, so we should see some action on Sunday. It’s the end of a long three week period on the road, so we hope to continue to score points and enter the distant races in good shape. »
You can match Kimi for the number of F1 Grands Prix contested this weekend. Does this satisfy you?
“It’s a great achievement and obviously great to be able to co-hold with Kimi the record for the most starts in Formula 1 on Sunday. Honestly, I try not to think too much about the records and stay focused on the race. Of course, it’s a great accomplishment, which will make me proud and happy when it’s time to look in the rear view mirror. But as long as I’m active, I don’t stop to think about it. I want to enjoy and maximize every race weekend. »