Alpine's Fernando Alonso has said the 2021 F1 calendar is tough for new drivers stating his season will probably be on track by the French Grand Prix.
Alonso who claimed back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 spent two years out of the sport before making a comeback with the re-branded Alpine outfit in 2020. The former McLaren driver has struggled to set the world alight, scoring just five points after the first five races of the season, and has been outperformed by teammate Esteban Ocon.
"In a way the start of the season is not the best possible calendar for a new driver," Alonso told select members of the media including RacingNews365.com.
"I had Imola, I had Portimao, two circuits that I was not racing for years, or never like in Portimao, while the other guys were racing there four months ago in the last year's championship.
"Then two street circuits, Baku and Monaco, so of the first six races of the championship, four were extremely challenging to get used to. So from France, a new championship hopefully starts for me."