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Alonso attacks Alpine for retirements in F1 2022: “Not acceptable at this level”

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Fernando Alonso concluded the 2022 season by retiring from the Abu Dhabi GP, the sixth stop for his Alpine of the year. Departing for Aston Martin, the Spaniard was harsh on criticism

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Fernando Alonso ended its second cycle in alpine in 2022. After a spell with two titles when the team was still called Renault, the Spaniard left the team with only one podium finish in the last two years. The current season of Formula 1 ended in a way that ended up becoming habitual for the Prince of Asturias: with another abandonment in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix🇧🇷

In total, that’s been six throughout 2022, well ahead of his teammate, Esteban Ocon, who narrowly missed the British GP, due to an accident, and the Singapore GP. The Spaniard recalls suffering from reliability issues in other sessions during the season as well and says the number of retirements is unacceptable.

“As a matter of fact this year we had some things a bit against us in car 14, six retirements. But also [aquelas corridas] where they don’t count as a retirement, but there were issues like qualifying in Australia, a sprint race in Austria where we didn’t even start and so on. So, I think there were nine or ten reliability issues, which is obviously not acceptable at this level,” criticized Fernando.

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Fernando Alonso ended 2022 in ninth position

When asked if the year 2022 with the alpine was similar to his time in McLarenThe Spaniard found the comparison unfair: “I think we’ve been more competitive this year. When we finished the races it was more pleasant than McLaren-Honda, when we were always outside the points, so I won’t make comparisons,” he analyzed Alonso.

The Prince of Asturias is now starting a new chapter in his career with aston martin🇧🇷 Alonso already had his first contact with the team this week during post-season testing in Abu Dhabi and says he is looking forward to 2023.

“I am happy to finish this chapter and start with a new motivation. The project is fantastic, what they are doing in terms of recruitment of people, facilities and investments. I think the good times are coming, so I am looking forward to it next year ” , concluded Fernando.

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