It was easier to defend in 2005 than against Perez in Brazil – Alonso

It was easier to defend in 2005 than against Perez in Brazil – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says it was easier to defend in some of his famous races in 2005 than it was for Sergio Perez late in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

The two-time world champion famously held off Michael Schumacher for several laps at Imola in 2005 to win for Renault, with the pair sticking together in the closing stages of the race. At Interlagos, Alonso achieved a similar feat against Perez before losing out on the penultimate lap, but he re-passed the Red Bull and kept Perez at bay by 0.053 seconds to take third.

“It was easier in 2005, because there was no DRS,” Alonso said. “That was probably easier. Now, with DRS… and yeah, things are a little different and you have to play things a little differently as well. Tire management is also a lot different than it was back then, when you could push the tire all the way.

“(Although) if you lose a position in 2005, it’s goodbye, you can’t recover, and here I had another chance. It was introduced to put in a slightly better showing, and today is a good example of that. If you go two laps to the end, you have a chance Others, especially here in Brazil.

“We saw yesterday also, when there is an overtake in Turn 1, there is a possibility – a strong possibility – in Turn 4 that someone will take it back, the position. That’s why we always see some great battles and races at Interlagos.

“It was an amazing weekend as always here in Brazil. Sometimes it’s the weather that puts on such a great show. I think this weekend, without any rain or any weather, we had amazing racing. There’s something about this “The track gives Formula 1 the perfect opportunity to shine, which was fantastic.”

Alonso says the key to his success against Perez was keeping the Red Bull driver facing the dirty air coming from the Aston Martin whenever possible.

“It was a very intense race. There was no time to relax, and the race was very strategic as well, always keeping the tires and battery ready in case you needed a DRS chance for Checo.

“Honestly I thought I was getting things under control in the last stint, until five laps to go where I started to push a little bit more. I had a little more juice in the tires and I thought everything was fine. Then Chico was playing the same game. He had a good tire in End of the race. He passed me two laps to the end, and I thought: OK, it’s over. Then I had another chance, and it was enough.

“I think when you’re running right in front of another car, you’ve got better downforce, you’ve got clean air. That was probably good for me in terms of tire management, and he struggled a little bit going into Turns 10, 11, 12 behind another car. That was the game that “We were playing it. Those three corners were crucial to have an overtaking opportunity. Being the car in front, you probably always have better grip.”

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