Alpine sporting director Alan Permane has praised Fernando Alonso for holding his hands up after his difficult spell to start the season.

Returning to the team where he won the 2005 and 2006 Drivers’ titles when they were known as Renault, it took a while for Alonso to find his footing again after two seasons away from Formula 1.

The Spaniard himself said that the French Grand Prix would be the start of a ‘new championship’ for him as upgrades to his A521 were introduced, but a huge upturn in form actually started a round prior in Baku, with Alonso now on a four-race streak of points finishes, and in general looking far more like the driver Formula 1 came to know.

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