Fernando Alonso, a former Ferrari driver, may not have been the team’s greatest driver of all time, but he is considered one of Formula 1’s greatest of all time. Despite his time at Ferrari not being the highlight of his career, Alonso has a good understanding of how the team operates. After Ferrari’s strong performance at Monza, Alonso decided to dampen the excitement surrounding Carlos Sainz’s pole position.
Sainz achieved pole position for the first time since the 2022 US GP, accomplishing this feat at Monza, which is Ferrari’s home race weekend. Driving a Ferrari, this was a significant moment for Sainz and the Tifosi. Nevertheless, Alonso wanted to emphasize that the actual race is yet to take place.
Alonso cautioned Sainz that achieving victory in the race might not be as straightforward as claiming pole position. He emphasized that Max Verstappen, who has been in good form this season, will pose a formidable challenge. Alonso brought up the fact that Ferrari has experienced situations in which they performed well during qualifying but encountered difficulties during the actual race. He also pointed out that despite Ferrari’s impressive qualifying performances last year, Verstappen emerged victorious in most of the races.
Sainz and his teammate Charles Leclerc are fully committed to giving their utmost effort, despite being aware of the difficulties they may encounter. Their main objective is to prevent Verstappen from overtaking them and secure a first and second place finish for Ferrari. Sainz emphasized his determination to maintain his leading position, while Leclerc talked about their plan to surpass Verstappen at the beginning and hold onto their respective positions.
Alonso pondered his experience at Ferrari and acknowledged that he should have savored it to a greater extent. He urged Sainz and Leclerc to seize the opportunity they currently have and forge enduring memories.
Alonso’s cautionary message reminds us that the outcome of the race is unpredictable, and Verstappen presents a notable obstacle. Sainz and Leclerc are fully committed to giving their best effort and attaining a favorable outcome for Ferrari.