Fernando Alonso brands F1 "boring" and "very predictable" as Alpine switch focus

The sweeping regulation changes designed to spice up racing have been branded a success by most in Formula 1 – unless your name happens to be Fernando Alonso.

The sport has undergone one of the biggest revamps in its history with the aim of making it easier for cars to follow each other and promote more overtaking. The changes seem to have done the trick, with 2022 seeing lively battles throughout the field.

However, veteran Fernando Alonso – not for the first time in his career – has gone against the grain by offering a lukewarm verdict on the new rules. Asked if he thought the current regulations were having the desired impact, he told Dutch outlet NOS: “So-so”, adding: “Unfortunately, Formula 1 is still very predictable. I don’t know any other sport like that.”

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While Alonso has been able to mix at the front on occasions this season, like qualifying second in Canada, he complained about the domination of Red Bull and Ferrari.

“But it’s still too boring, even if this is a feature of Formula 1, there will always be teams that are faster than others,” he said.

“It’s great that sometimes there is a chance to stand out, like in Canada when I started from the front row with Max. I was able to show what people no longer expect from me, these things give me motivation, but getting on the podium on my own power? It’s hard to imagine.

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“We are not fighting for victories, and I don’t think the situation will improve quickly. The team is focused on the 2023 season already when the car should be better.”

Alonso, who is in the second year of his F1 comeback, is expected to remain with Alpine for 2023, although an official announcement has not yet been made. The Renault-owned team are pondering what to do with highly-rated reserve driver Oscar Piastri, who is pushing for an F1 drive. The Australian has been linked with McLaren and Williams and is expected to be on the grid next season.


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