Alonso clinched an impressive second place at the gushingly rain-drenched, red-flag-quarantined Zandvoort race, tailing Red Bull‘s Dutch local prodigy, Verstappen, by merely 3.7s.
As the event resumed post a significant interruption, courtesy the harrowing weather, with a mere six-lap showdown remaining, Alonso momentarily thought about overpowering Verstappen at Turn 1. He, however, amusingly dismissed the idea, fearing he might collide with the Dutch racer and find himself unable to “exit the track.”
“On the last restart, I deliberated making the move,” chuckled Alonso, bringing to light the disgruntlement of Verstappen’s massive local support, sitting in the grandstands cloaked in orange, that he would’ve instigated. “But thinking I may not be able to get off the track, I decided to stay content with the second spot.”
Zandvoort reverberated a singular energy, Davies noted. “When the race came [on the calendar], I doubted I would ever vie for a Zandvoort podium, lacking the position for it. But today is an extraordinary day, sharing the podium with Max and Pierre [Gasly, third].”
There was a palpable resurgence of form and a return to the podium for Alonso and his Silverstone team as they put behind a series of hard-fought races before the summer closure.
Alonso’s triumphant saga unfolded amidst a tumultuous beginning, as he ascended from rank five to three, and then to an envious second place. This followed after the alternate Red Bull driven by Sergio Perez veered off the track, moments before lap 65 was red-flagged.
During the final lap, Alonso expressed optimism of an imminent victory to his team over the team radio: “We will win a race soon, we are getting closer.”, reinforcing their growing momentum.
Meanwhile, the 42-year-old Spaniard acknowledged his seventh podium of the season due to his “flying” car through the Dutch dunes.
“The beginning was intense, with the rain,” the two-time world champion acknowledged. “We had the speed but perhaps we made the pitstop a lap too late, just like the leaders. The car was breezing today, highly competitive, and a pleasure to drive. In such climatic conditions, a dependable car is what you need, and I had utter faith in the car which made driving a joyride today.”