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The Song of Mio Cid

The championship of the highest category lives crucial hours with the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, but it is worth stopping t


The championship of the highest category lives crucial hours with the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, but it is worth stopping to celebrate that the Spanish , from Alpine, is back on the podium.

The Song of Mio Cid is an anonymous literary manifestation that recounts the heroic deeds inspired by the last years of the life of the Castilian knight Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, the so-called Campeador. Something like this was told by the media in the Qatar Grand Prix with the podium of Alonso.

And it is that, as fans of the Big circus, we are witnessing perhaps one of the new best eras, with pilots of enormous capacity: A seven-time world champion about to achieve his eighth crown, a Finnish monarch living his last races after 19 seasons, a brilliant Dutchman, the return of the surname Schumacher, and the new shine of a two-time world champion who, after seven years and going to and from the , go back to the podium.

Alonso – the double world champion – finished third in Qatar, his first podium since Hungarian Grand Prix 2014. An epic page, one more song for the F1 racer.

Fernando started from third position, after penalties to Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, but a magnificent start and overtaking to Pierre Gasly they catapulted him to second position. Towards the end, and with the rosary in hand so that the rubber bands would withstand the onslaught of the Red Bull by Sergio Pérez, accomplished the feat.

The result of double points placed Alpine with 25 points of advantage, in fifth position in the constructors’ championship, with only two races to go. The team has been strengthened around the leadership of the Spanish and his experience, with the advice of a world champion like Alain Prost, under an interesting direction from Davide Brivio, who in MotoGP added five crowns; a third that adds 11 championships altogether.

Today, the decision to withdraw the controversial one sounds more logical than ever Cyril Abiteboul, a former Renault team leader and who was preparing to direct the destinies of Alpine, with a leading style in the team. Brivio has become more of a manager, making Alonso’s experience lead.

If Alpine continues down this path, we will have a contender at the title in 2022. Alonso has already tasted champagne after seven years, and will surely go for more. A new chapter to see in your series on Amazon.

–@jorgedialogante

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