The return to the podium of Fernando Alonso It was about to be postponed prematurely. The beginning of a promising career for the Spaniard who ended up having the outcome they fantasized about in Aston Martin, could have remained a simple possibility that came true by the minimum. Despite the fact that the Spaniard’s objective at the start was to try to assault the drawer, a touch suddenly relegated him to seventh place. It was a dramatic moment for the two-time champion, who as soon as he was hit reacted on the radio: “They hit me at Turn 4. They can’t do that!” But even more crucial for the Silverstone team: it was Stroll who produced the coup.
For a moment silence took over the Aston Martin garage and the Canadian, inside the car, He lived through “a really horrible time.” This is how Stroll described his touch with Fernando in sky sports, before explaining the action who could change everything in turn 4 of the Sakhir layout: “I was going inside Regarding Russell, trying to stay ahead of him, I braked late, Fernando went for Lewis (Hamilton), he stopped the car in turn 4 and we touched. A really horrible moment because we had a great car today. Fortunately we had a good race”.
Luck was on Alonso’s side and although he still had the scare in his body, Stroll was relieved that the incident did not get worse on a day destined for joy in the Aston Martin garage. The plan was fulfilled, the one that does work, with a comeback and a great rhythm on the Sakhir track that was held on the third step of a podium that, before being carried out, left a confession from the Asturian regarding the incident of the exit. I thought it was George (Russell)”, Fernando acknowledged, after viewing the repetition of the touch on a television located in the access area to the podium. But at that moment it was the least of it.
Everything went well for a team that has given an incalculable leap in quality in just one winter. And beyond Fernando’s podium, his progression is also demonstrated by the sixth final position of a Stroll who competed with an injured wrist that ended up “on fire”. Especially after the touch. “I was shedding a few tears”, confessed the Canadian, who knows what he got rid of in the first action of the season: “I dodged a bullet.” And there was a happy ending.