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Alonso expects a clearer picture after Australia

Double world champion Fernando Alonso believes it is necessary to wait until the Australian Grand Prix – the third round of the 2023 world championship – to know the true hierarchy of the grid in F1.

After impressing in his first race with his new Aston Martin team at the season-opening round in Bahrain, where he finished third, Fernando Alonso feels the first three rounds on the calendar are too different to establish a real hierarchy.

“The car performed really well in Bahrain and we enjoyed our weekend taking our first podium of the season.” The Spaniard explains ahead of the second round of the year in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

“But now we are focused on this weekend and Jeddah. It will be a very different challenge as it is a completely different circuit to what we experienced in the opening race.

“We were in Bahrain for two weeks [avec les essai hivernaux] We are all very familiar with the circuit and the conditions, so the learning curve will be very steep from this Friday.

“Honestly, I don’t think we’ll have a good idea of ​​where the overall performance is until Australia because by then we’ll have had three different race weekends at different circuits in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia.”

“Our feet are on the ground and we need to work hard to maintain that momentum and try to get another good result this weekend.”

Before the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was third in the Drivers’ World Championship, ten points behind leader Max Verstappen.

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