Earlier this week, Renault published footage of Alonso returning to the factory that built his 2005 and 2006 title-winning cars and having a seat fitting, in the hope of a test later this season.
He said that he would work with the team in the simulator and would likely attend two races this year. In the press conference Alonso said that the challenge was to get back into the F1 mindset.
“It’s quite unique; very demanding and you have to be a perfectionist like in no other category,” Alonso said.
“You have to talk to the engineers, I have my computer where I can listen to the team radio – I am very much involved in what is happening each weekend and that is helping me get up to speed.”
Up to speed for the double world champion means challenging at the front of the field. “You go for a specific purpose and try to win,” he said. Being fifth is better than sixth but it doesn’t change things that much. Either you win or you don’t.
“So Renault-Alpine, Fernando, Ferrari, Carlos [Sainz], Red Bull, [Max] Verstappen, many people have high hopes. But in one and half years we will all be in the same situation to get on track and see if we can be up to the task.”
A second series of the documentary is already in production to cover Alonso’s return to F1.