Fernando Alonso kicked off the Zandvoort race from the fifth spot, however, slipped a bit by making a pit stop for intermediate tyres on the second lap rather than the initial one. He was able to successfully climb to the third position but a wheelgun failure while pitting on the 48th lap cost him approximately six seconds.
The snag resulted in Alonso having to overtake Carlos Sainz again, this time while setting the fastest lap as he pursued Sergio Perez. The latter part of the race was unruly due to a late storm, but Alonso managed to snatch a second position from the Perez.
At the recommencement after the red flag, Max Verstappen, leads the race and Alonso possibly had an opportunity to seize the victory. However, Verstappen managed to get ahead and Alonso crossed the finish line 3.7 seconds later.
After the race, Alonso expressed his optimism to his team saying, “We will win one race soon, we are getting closer.”
This marked the debut podium for the team as well as Alonso since he last secured the runner-up spot in Canada in June. This achievement breaks a spell of four races where his close calls could secure no better than the fifth rank.
Krack, while talking about Alonso’s comeback to F1 Initiative, said,”The good thing was that he was in control all the time.” He added, Alonso was “always the master of the situation I would say, and this was key obviously also in such conditions to never go off.”
Alonso’s charge was described as “incredible” by Krack. He not outpaced the other cars after the pause but battled heavy rain to stay out, knowing an accident was inevitable under these circumstances.
Krack also recognized the significance of ending the long wait for a top-three finish. He said,”After all these podiums in the first half of the season, and then more difficult races, now finally in a very difficult weekend we managed to get another podium, which is great.”
He further outlined team’s dedication and plans for future races, “All July the lights were never off in the campus. We brought new parts here, we’ll bring new parts again to the next races.”
Krack also mentioned that the drastic new floor package introduced at Zandvoort was beneficial. With the difficult situation there and the fluctuating conditions, data analysis was challenging, but the results seemed promising. He concluded, hoping to confirm the progress in the upcoming races.