Fernando Alonso did not have the easiest of restarts to life in Formula 1, but it was the criticism which helped his situation.

The Spaniard came back to Formula 1 in 2021 after two seasons away, joining the Alpine team which had helped him to the 2005 and 2006 World Championships in their Renault days.

But it was a slow process of adaptation for the Spaniard, who scored points in only two of the opening five rounds.

Since his new upgrades arrived though, Alonso has thrived, and now boasts a six-race streak of points finishes.

However, Alonso says that only through the early criticism did people eventually start to understand what was actually a good result for him.

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