Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso returns to the F1 grid after a two-year hiatus. The Spaniard will race for the newly branded Alpine team, though his team boss believes he is coming back to a difficult environment.
After a tough spell at McLaren, Alonso took a few years off to compete in various championships. His spell outside Formula 1 included a wide-ranging list of championships including events such as the Indy 500, the Dakar Rally, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Spaniard will make his much-anticipated return to Formula 1, though Davide Brivio, the racing director at Alpine is cautiously optimistic that the Spaniard will have a positive year ahead.
"He's coming back into a difficult environment," Brivio said to RacingNews365.com amongst others.
"His desire to be back in the most difficult championship and to fight against everybody shows how strongly motivated he is.
"You can see how strong he is, how hardworking, how strong is his desire to be back so I'm sure he will put all his effort and if we can give him a good package for sure he will be able to fight for the great position."
Brivio also explained what Alonso's primary motivation is ahead of his upcoming return.
"He's coming back and he's not coming back just to drive a car, he is coming back to try to get good results to get some satisfaction," Brivio continued.
"He's quite demanding but that's what I like. I mean, we need this type of driver that is really keen to put everything together to try the maximum so we welcome this type of attitude, this type of approach, and of course, we will have to try to work together as best as possible in order to, to use his abilities and his potential."