Tuesday, June 6, 2023

“Fernando Alonso should have four World Cups”: he remembers his first mentor entering F1.

After the legendary Adrianus Campos He looked Fernando Alonso the manager brought in the lower categories after white performances Formula 1 by hand Minardi as a * RENAULT.

Of course, in his arrival on the team, everything could go wrong in the matter of weeks. The team was disappearing on its way, it was a decoy y* Paul Stoddart He came at the last minute and took the car to the first Governor of the Australian city of the year.

The Australian tycoon thus gave the first opportunity to Alonso who did not disappoint, he finished 12th position and a great grill like Peter de la Rosa

Now, 22 years later, Stoddart recalled how he fell in love with Fernando: “I knew him very well. I put him in one of my cars in 2001. He won last year at Spa in the Formula 3000 and I think he should finish. A driving prize. ”

“Fernando caught my attention already in 2000” and you never bought it out of my head. At the time, not much was said about him, he was very quiet and just doing his job,” explained the official Formula 1 podcast, Beyond The Grid.

According to “aussie” Fernando Alonso should have at least two more Formula 1 World Cups. With the highest security, 2010 and 2012 came close, although in 2007 he had another golden opportunity.

“I watched that whole race in Spa and what I saw on that day was that he was a man, and he was going to be a world champion, even before he came to Formula 1” 1. He was not wrong, though he should have four titles, not twoStoddart said.

Of course Minardi’s journey was short. After one season and after the hallucination of the F1 world, Renault Or asked him to be his test driver and ‘warm up’ for 2003. That year the first pole, podium, victory came… and the rest is history.

“I knew I was going to miss him from 2002 if he was going to be with us for a year Fernando was not happy with that decision. I didn’t want to spend all the time trying to be a RENAULT driver. I wanted him to stay with Minardi; My dream team would have been with Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso in the same car, in the boss of Minardi ex-

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