Former Renault Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli says he has no doubt that Fernando Alonso will make a successful return to Formula One this year with Alpine.
The 46-year-old Italian was Fernando Alonso’s team-mate at Renault in 2003 and 2004, before the Spaniard won his two world titles with the French manufacturer’s team in 2005 and 2006.
Speaking on the F1 podcast Beyond The Grid, Trulli recalled how Fernando Alonso is still motivated to drive despite the Spaniard now approaching 40.
“I spoke with Fernando recently and I have to say something: Fernando, as I said before, is 10 years younger than me, so that’s already a good thing for him. But Fernando, unlike me, in his head he still wants to drive. “Jarno Trulli said.
“He has nothing else on his mind but to drive. I can’t see him failing at what he’s going to do, and he’s still in great shape.”
“The big question mark is probably not how good Fernando is; the real question mark will be how good his car is to put Fernando in a position to fight for the top.”
“I have very few doubts about Fernando, simply because I could see him still extremely motivated. ”
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that Alpine can deliver a good enough car to give Fernando the chance to enjoy Grand Prix racing for 2021. ”
The Italian, who began his F1 career in 1997 with Minardi, also said that Alonso was not afraid to play politics to give himself the best chance of winning.
“Fernando is one of those drivers who plays mind games and politics in his team. But it is also part of a driver, a top driver who ultimately wants to be the best in the team and wants to be number one. So I don’t blame him. ”
“I’m not like him; I always prefer to prove myself with results rather than with politics. And probably, that was one of my mistakes. ”
“Of course, he always tried to get the best out of the team and the politics within the team, for himself. He always tried to focus the attention on himself, and you have to expect that from a top driver anyway… he wants all the attention for himself. ”
Now away from F1, Jarno Trulli looks after a vineyard that produces around a million bottles of wine each year.