The 2-time world champion took his first grand prix begin since 2018 at Sakhir following two years competing within the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Dakar rally amongst others.
Regardless of the lengthy absence, Alonso made it into the highest 10 in qualifying and was preventing for a point-scoring end earlier than a sandwich wrapper lodged into a brake duct pressured him into retirement 32 laps into the race.
After Sunday, the Spaniard felt he nonetheless wanted to iron out errors and discover extra pace and confidence on the wheel.
“It was good,” stated Alonso of his race. “I had a few good battles and a few of these had joyful endings, a few of the weren’t as we had been being overtaken.
“However I would like to search out extra tempo from myself and discover extra confidence and I have to extract extra from the automotive, the brakes and execute the beginning higher.
“It was not too dangerous however there’s quite a lot of room to enhance from my aspect.
“On the pitstops I believe the fellows did an incredible job however my place within the second cease was not proper. These are small issues and errors I preserve doing from testing and this primary race, however hopefully by race two and three I can carry out higher personally.”
Though Alpine didn’t characteristic within the main positions throughout the opening weekend of 2021, Alonso stays assured his comeback will probably be pleasurable for himself and people following it.
“I believe it’ll be okay. You’ll benefit from the comeback and you’ll benefit from the battle that we’ll put in each weekend,” he added.
“I believe we all the time stated from the start that it is a very fascinating and Alpine is in F1 for large issues. Perhaps 2021 is a continuation of 2020 and we’re constructing the momentum and one thing extra essential heading into 2022.
“I hope you’ll get pleasure from this comeback.”
Regardless of a disappointing weekend for Alpine, Alonso admitted it was laborious to guage the workforce’s place within the pecking order.
“It’s troublesome to say. I believe we noticed completely different outcomes and a little bit of combined feeling for everyone together with us. Typically we glance higher typically we glance a bit of bit down.
“We are going to want a few races to have a extra established order so let’s wait and see. Our job is to work tougher and determine our weaknesses if there are any and work on these and preserve our strengths. It’s an fascinating season for everyone.”