Loos takes cheeky dig at Ricciardo – “Alonso speaks far fewer words”

Karel Loos has taken a dig at Daniel Ricciardo, saying he talks way more than Fernando Alonso.

Alonso currently races for Alpine, where Loos works as a race engineer. He shed some light on what it is like to work with the two-time world champion.

Alonso has been a hothead at times, but at this stage in his career, he has a different approach towards racing. The Belgian said that he and the Spaniard are getting to know each other’s styles and how to work together to get results.

Loos took a dig at Ricciardo in the process, and revealed how different the two drivers are.

“Fernando uses far fewer words than Daniel,” Loos told Formule 1 magazine. “But you get to know each other better and better and understand what someone wants.

“He is very focused on the details. Fernando gives his opinion but doesn’t force it. If he thinks something but someone in engineering says ‘it’s different, and that’s why,’ he accepts it and stands behind it fully.

Fernando Alonso and race engineer Karel Loos. Bahrain March 2021.
Alonso (left) is a different man this season, but the same genius in racing. Source: planetf1.com

“Fernando is very good at reading a race. That helps a lot,” he concluded.

Not slowed down

Alonso has a stellar reputation on the grid, but he is also known for being outspoken and for his outbursts on radio when things don’t click. However, this season has seen him become far more level-headed, and have been delivering consistent results in his Alpine.

Many questioned why Alonso was returning to F1 after a hiatus, and speculated that he would have lost a step or two when it came to pace and craft. However, he proved the age-old saying ‘form is temporary, but class is permanent’ yet again.

At this point in the season, he has made 100 overtakes, which puts him second in the number of overtakes this season. He has been a treat to watch, and will be retained by Alpine next season.

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