Keeping Perez in Brazil is more difficult than winning Imola 2005 F1

Keeping Perez in Brazil is more difficult than winning Imola 2005 F1

Aston Martin driver Alonso produced an impressive performance in Sao Paulo by holding off Perez’s faster Red Bull, and while the Mexican was able to pass him on the penultimate lap, Alonso responded on the final lap by setting up an overtake at Turn 4.

In a drag race to the end, Perez went off the road to overtake the Spaniard, and the difference was 0.053 seconds at the finish line.

Alonso’s successful battle against a faster car drew some similarities to his performance in the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, where he was chased around Imola by Ferrari’s Schumacher for the final 12 laps but managed to hold on for a memorable win.

When asked how the two races compared, Alonso actually felt his iconic win at San Marino was more notable because at the time there was no DRS on the tight and twisty Imola circuit.

“It was easier in 2005 because it was not DRS’s jurisdiction,” Alonso said. “Now with DRS, it looks a little different and you have to play things a little differently as well.

“Tire management was also very different than it was back then, where you could probably push the tire all the way.”

The DRS Overtaking Assist system returned the favor to Alonso on the final lap as it punished a late braking maneuver from Perez into Turn 1, sending a slingshot down the back straight.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19

Photography: Zach Mauger/Motorsport Images

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19

“Yes, right,” he answered when asked if DRS had returned to help him. “If you lose the position in 2005, it’s goodbye, you can’t recover and here I had another chance.

“It was brought in to make a slightly better showing and this is a good example of that, because you pass with two laps to go and then you have another chance, especially here in Brazil.”

Alonso praised the design of the Interlagos track for enabling drivers to fight each other aggressively, with the Senna S’s downhill track covering the first three turns allowing drivers to take different lines and sacrifice their positions in Turn 1 for a better chance of passing into Turn 4. , which follows the straight DRS line.

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“When overtaking takes place in Turn 1, there is a strong possibility that someone will regain position in Turn 4,” the two-time world champion explained.

“That’s why we always see some great racing battles at Interlagos. It was an amazing weekend, as always here in Brazil.

“Sometimes it’s the weather that puts on such a great show and I think we had amazing racing this weekend without any rain or any weather.

“So, there is something about this track that always gives Formula 1 the perfect opportunity to shine.”

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