Fernando Alonso finally explained what El Plan was, saying that he just embraced meme culture from his fans.
Alonso’s return to F1 was marked with tons of ‘El Plan’ comments and memes. It continued for the rest of the season, and became so popular that the driver and his team took notice of it.
The words have appeared on the Spaniard’s t-shirts. The most memorable fan service, however, was Alpine outright putting the words on their car’s rear wing at the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP.
But although it has acquired something of a cult following, the two-time former World Champion says he is not certain of what ‘El Plan’ represents – thinking it has simply taken on a life of its own.
Although El Plan probably refers Alpine’s long-term objective of challenging for wins and podiums regularly, nobody really knows what it is. It started one day and gained a cult following, and has now become synonymous with the two-time world champion’s second stint in F1.
Alonso finally got in on the act and explained what El Plan was, saying that he was just going along with the idea.
In conversation with two other sports stars as quoted by Planet F1, the Alpine driver said, “It’s a good question, I started to see it too.
“It’s one of the things that social media networks have now. They started with ‘El Plan’, ‘El Plan’, ‘El Plan’ and I don’t know what ‘El Plan’ is either. It’s a bad thing to say, but I don’t know what ‘El Plan’ is either.
“I think it’s part of ‘El Plan’ that I don’t know exactly what ‘El Plan’ is. You will have to bet. That’s ‘El Plan’…to scare without knowing.”
El long-term plan
Alonso also talked about the new regulations, and said that this was a seismic moment for F1.
“Normally, the technology of the car doesn’t change much from one year to the next,” he said.
“But every few years, every six or seven years, there is a revolution and for next year there is one of those big changes.”