Alonso: “I hope we have something else to celebrate”

The Hungarian Grand Prix brings great memories to Spanish motorsports. Over there, Fernando Alonso achieved his first victory in the ‘Gran Circo’ 20 years ago now. But the truth is that the Asturian has shown his maximum potential on several occasions, such as in the 2006 race, the 2009 classification or the defense against Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

Usually the arrival of this grand prix is ​​related to good memories and the birthday of the Aston Martin driver, but this time he will have to wait another week and it will be in Belgium where he blows out the candles. Even so, Alonso has a special affection for this track and will try to get the best possible result: “It will be strange to celebrate (his birthday) this year in Belgium, but I hope we have something else to celebrate this weekend. I have many good memories of racing at the Hungaroring. I won my first race in 2003, exactly 20 years ago, and it is often the place where I have celebrated my birthday. It will be strange to celebrate that this year in Belgium.”

The two-time world champion arrives at the Hungarian track to return to positive dynamics from the beginning of the course that seems to have disappeared. A priori, It should be a good opportunity for Aston Martin, given that the AMR23 presents some ideal characteristics to maintain a good rhythm on this circuit. This is how Fernando analyzes the race: “Overtaking is not easy here, but sometimes there are very strange races with unpredictable weather, so we have to be prepared to capitalize and score as many points as possible”.

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On the other hand, his partner Lance Stroll wants to get on the path of good results to help Aston Martin fight with Mercedes second place in the constructors’ world championship: “Hungaroring is a very technical circuit, with many twists and turns; it is a very different challenge to Silverstone, both for the cars and the drivers”, commented the Canadian.

“Overtaking can be tricky so we’ll try to find a good rhythm in practice to ensure a good performance in qualifying on Saturday. Budapest is a great city, and the fans always bring an amazing atmosphere, so I’m looking forward to racing there.”, stated the Canadian.

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