Alain Prost 'Really Impressed' By Fernando Alonso's Stint At Alpine

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by Adam OndrikSunday, 11 February 2024 at 04:00
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Formula 1 World Champion and former team owner Alain Prost recently praised Fernando Alonso for his stint at Alpine.
Fernando Alonso recently said he really thought he wasn't going to return to Formula 1 after his retirement at the end of the season 2018.
However, as we now know, the Spanish Matador returned in 2021 to race for Alpine. Alpine was rebranded ahead of that year, but in reality, it is still Renault- the same team with which Alonso won both of his championships.
Former F1 driver and four-time World Champion Alain Prost said he was "really impressed" by Fernando Alonso from the start of the 2021 season. According to gpfans.com, he said.

"He really impressed me in the first year he came to Alpine [in 2021]. Not only on the track but outside, by the way he was handling things."

While he was away from Formula, Alonso tried various different series. What is worth mentioning is that the 42-year-old won 24 hours of Daytona in his category, won the WEC (World Endurance Championship), and also participated in Rally Dakar.
Trying various racing series kept the double World Champion in form, so when he returned to F1, he had no problem with adapting to the high speeds and G-forces. Prost added:

"I was very worried before he came, and he really surprised me in a good way. He was really good, no problems, no politics. This past year at Aston Martin for sure he did a fantastic season."

Alonso's two years at Alpine were great, but 2023 has been amazing. Despite others' doubts about the Spaniard because of his age, he collected eight valuable podiums for the British team.
The 42-year-old went head-to-head with all the best drivers in F1 and showed that he still has what it takes. What's more, in 2025, there might be an opportunity for the Spanish Matador to jump into Mercedes.
With Lewis Hamilton leaving the team, many experts like Jenson Button, Eddie Jordan, and Jacques Villeneuve put him forward as one of the best options for Silver Arrows. Could the Spaniard end his career in style with one or two more years at Mercedes?