How Alonso's Strange Steering Won Two F1 Titles

30. Svi 2020.
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Fernando Alonso had a really weird steering technique during the 2005 and 2006 F1 season. He'd shock the Renault F1 car into understeer with a rapid steering input, a technique which had not been seen before in Formula One.
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No one else on the grid was doing it, no one had previously driven in this way and no one has done it since. So what was this strange driving technique, why was Alonso using it and how did it make him faster? All of that, coming up in this video.
Watch the steering wheel of Alonso’s car and notice how aggressively he’s turning into the corners. A traditional style for steering input in F1, or any other type of racing, would be to introduce the car into the corner to prepare the car to turn.
Typically, the best style for initial steering input is to allow the car to roll over and the tyre to flex, until both are supported. This allows a driver to maintain the highest amount of grip in the tyre and car, ultimately meaning higher cornering speeds and a lower lap time.
This is why you’ll see F1 drivers creeping on to an entry kerb before a fast corner - this allows them to start the turn a fraction earlier, with less steering angle, giving the car chance to roll over and the tyre to deform before the main load is added.
But Alonso was causing the front tyres to break traction on purpose, ruining the balance of his Renault F1 car and making the car understeer at the corner entry.
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    Driver61Driver61Prije 3 mjeseci
    • This is the *most informative* F1 video I've seen. Could you dissect Verstappen's technique as well? *Thank you*

      M. M. AliM. M. AliPrije mjesec
    • Pls do a video of Charles Leclerc driving style

      Thomas ShelbyThomas ShelbyPrije mjesec
  • WAIT HE WANTED UNDERSTEER? my DiRT player brain is screaming

    1sMiku1sMikuPrije 15 sati
  • one more thing that Alonso brought to the sport and many other drivers started to use after him is that he was able to preserve his tyres by not using the breaks but rather let the strong aerodinamics of his car do the heavy lifting. He would simply stop accelerating and let the drag forces stop his car before the turn. Of course it was less optimal than using the breaks but it would make his tyres last much longer. The guy is such a talent... every team he has worked on praises him for how much he is involved in the development of the car.

    Tekken TopTekken TopPrije dan
  • not so bizarre

    Roger VallveRoger VallvePrije 2 dana
  • When you play with a keyboard:

    Aaron BalchandAaron BalchandPrije 2 dana
  • You guys remember when he was driving an F1 car on 2 wheel? 🤔

    SamSamPrije 5 dana
  • So this is the legendary 4 wheel F1 drift.

    WzrdWzrdPrije 6 dana
  • there no steering wheel turn degree, just hard left hard right, how is this going!!!!

    Faisal SayedFaisal SayedPrije 6 dana
  • Me and my keyboard channeling both Senna and Alonso

    eN eMeN eMPrije 7 dana
  • This is actually a common technique in kart racing, mainly with electric karts, using understeer or "scrubbing" to slow the kart going into turns and heat the front tires for better grip. (Electric kart brakes are super aggressive due to the combined effect of engine braking so it's faster to stay in the throttle through the turn than lift and risk losing all of your momentum.)

    Collin DavisCollin DavisPrije 7 dana
  • I started to follow F1 of my own accord (used to watch the Mansel/ Hill era with my dad when I was very young) towards the end of Schuies dominance. Watching what Alonso did with that Renault was mind blowing. A lot of brits are a bit soured by Alonso because of his rivalry with Hamilton but for me, Alonso is the greatest pedaller of my lifetime.

    Chris MChris MPrije 7 dana
  • He drove the car like a kart.

    Mike HamiltonMike HamiltonPrije 8 dana
  • Also Traction Control

    satyris410satyris410Prije 11 dana
  • Alonso gained whole lotta respect in my eyes after this clip. Thanks!

    Bojan NedeljkovicBojan NedeljkovicPrije 11 dana
  • “And hamilton just has a fast car”

    Ploppy JRPloppy JRPrije 11 dana
  • "Hamilton has, hes got the best car." ;)

    RocketRocketPrije 11 dana
  • Please dissect this

    Noro ArdantoNoro ArdantoPrije 11 dana
  • When I saw Alonso drive for the first time, I knew he'd be champion and immediately started sporting a renault crew jersey.

    James OxfordJames OxfordPrije 11 dana
  • Wow! He was really just winning championships 2 years back to back while front wheel drifting! How? I don’t know how his front tires held up...

    Kevin TuckerKevin TuckerPrije 11 dana
  • Just awesome driving...

    R timeR timePrije 12 dana
  • You know you have a good driver when he adjust and master a driving style for a specific car. Too bad he didn't get many good car. Legend of F1.

    CreamnCoffee2CreamnCoffee2Prije 12 dana
  • Sooooo he drove it like a go cart lol

    mike fischermike fischerPrije 12 dana
  • 3:24 looks like the tire almost coming off lol :P

    Marcus RMarcus RPrije 14 dana
  • Your videos making me love Motorsport more It allows me to understand more

    Kunal PatilKunal PatilPrije 14 dana
  • The modern F1 era of MANAGING the tires, MANAGING the battery, MANAGING the pace has really made it dull. I fall asleep most races.

    David KhoiiDavid KhoiiPrije 14 dana
  • Everyone has there own style. *hamilton has ultimate pricision*

    Grittamej WajchathonGrittamej WajchathonPrije 16 dana
  • every now and then a guy comes around who does it totally different . Watch Larry Mullen play the drums for u2,totally fucked but it works

    exceleraterexceleraterPrije 17 dana
  • What? In 2005 he only won because Kimi's car kept breaking down. And Alonso still drives like this. He likes understeer on corner entry.

    Ciaron SmithCiaron SmithPrije 20 dana
  • I think you got it all wrong. The understeer came from the Renault car. Alonso just adapted his driving to the car to make it work best.

    Mr NixxxoNMr NixxxoNPrije 21 dan
  • Alonso’s ability to adapt to different era of cars which were fitted with different sets of tyres really made Alonso great.

    Chan ChanChan ChanPrije 21 dan
  • Fantastic video.

    telephonictelephonicPrije 22 dana
  • Nah. He adjust the steering sensitivity when he's about to turn.

    XtremeGamerz 1778XtremeGamerz 1778Prije 22 dana
  • What a shame that Alonso didn't stay McLaren 2008. This video explains a possible reason why Alonso performance in 2007 was suboptimal. Added the fact that Hamilton was a supertalent, Alonso felt unconfortable this year. But I 'm sure he regrets not to stay in McLaren 2008.

    Antonio MayansAntonio MayansPrije 23 dana
  • He do be using keyboard

    Nguyen Duc HungNguyen Duc HungPrije 23 dana
  • And the renault cheff got kickt out of f1 forever.

    Bini BautiBini BautiPrije 25 dana
  • And the illegal parts and to let him win by loseng his timate to win alonso more points.

    Bini BautiBini BautiPrije 25 dana
  • You cannot compact his championships with Hamilton's, cause Hamilton only competition is his own team mate, how can you say that someone is the best driver in the world when he doesn't compete in the same conditions, F1 should improve that because is getting more boring by the day

    ManuelManuelPrije 25 dana
  • I don’t even follow F1 or drive but these videos has me gripping the edge of my seat😍

    Char MandaChar MandaPrije 26 dana
  • Great video, just wished you showed how he adapted in Ferrari, v6 Mclaren, and especially the way he drove the pants of that DPi car in the 24h of Daytona.

    Skeeter McTavishSkeeter McTavishPrije 26 dana
  • Alonso became the champ, when the real champs finally got out of the way.

    KiilaslammasKiilaslammasPrije 27 dana
  • Damn the cars in that year looks so cool

    lil Dlil DPrije 27 dana
  • Loved Alonso just because he broke the spell Schumie and Ferrari had on F1. It's was very boring watching Schumie win the whole time. It was great if you where a Schumie fan. I was not at the time a Schumie fan I did appreciate his talents and incredible driving skills. But he made F1 boring. Alonso made F1 nice again I loved him in the Renault giving Schumie a run for his money.

    OmgwtflmaololrotflOmgwtflmaololrotflPrije 27 dana
  • similar driving style

    RacingAlfaRacingAlfaPrije 27 dana
  • I am going to try this on the way to work tomorrow.

    Igbon5Igbon5Prije 28 dana
  • Nothing odd about using a 4 wheel drift to get through a turn quicker. It’s just not normally used with a car with such strong downforce, like formula 1.

    tcorristcorrisPrije 28 dana
  • Fernando Alonso is a Good Kind of Bizzarre! ♥️🌷🕯

    Toma HawkToma HawkPrije 29 dana
  • My gut... His style was probably a requirement for the car etc.

    Christopher BeddoeChristopher BeddoePrije 29 dana
  • Can't believe this idiots back. Was so happy when he left then he's came back.

    Martin HardyMartin HardyPrije 29 dana
  • Front end mass damper. That's how he did it.I got banned the following year but the job was done. I got no problem with that.

    DRS_ auDRS_ auPrije 29 dana
  • So Alonso pretty much drifted his way to championship! Thale na thale than😜

    kaviyarasan sugumarankaviyarasan sugumaranPrije 29 dana
  • Honestly? I catch no balls.

    Dave KhaDave KhaPrije mjesec
  • All copied from Micheal Schumacher... If Hamilton was around when MS was at his peak Hamilton would be an also ran. MS is pure genius compared to Hamilton copy cat

    Surferant666Surferant666Prije mjesec
  • So he's basically drifting in F1 race?

    Cypher五毛usuhCypher五毛usuhPrije mjesec
  • Alonso did not won the 2005 wdc it should be raikkonen but raikkonen's multiple dnfs in 2005 is just unlucky It's like raikkonen giving alonso the wins

    Reimel OngReimel OngPrije mjesec
  • he is master of speed as mika period

  • That Renault was phenomenal!!! I miss those days...

    Dimebag DarrellDimebag DarrellPrije mjesec
  • Interesting theory.

    senorboardheadsenorboardheadPrije mjesec
  • Like driving car off cliff so he was F1 drifting !!

    Adrian JabsAdrian JabsPrije mjesec
  • He obviously knew how to get the best out of the tyres through practise.

    JK RaiJK RaiPrije mjesec
  • We need a video about Hamilton’s style!!

    Mohammed FataniMohammed FataniPrije mjesec
  • The technique was he switched to a Logitech G502 Wheel obviously

    Krakka Jakk711Krakka Jakk711Prije mjesec
  • He must have been very strong 💪

    JohnJohnPrije mjesec
  • Your explanation of Alonzo's driving style gives me a new respect for him. I have to admit that before your concise explanation I had absolutely no idea about any of those particular intricacies involving Renaults setup, the tyre design and Fernandos steering input, over that time period. All of those details escaped me.

    Stone WolfStone WolfPrije mjesec
  • Could this have been a factor - The 'mass damper' adopted by Renault for its 2005 R25 Formula 1 car was a stability aid that improved front-end downforce before it was outlawed by the FIA.

    ForburyLionForburyLionPrije mjesec
  • Estimate pitch and acceleration while driving so you dont have too much pushing force to send the rear tires a different direction you want the front wheels to go

    David BellerueDavid BelleruePrije mjesec
  • Controller player be like

    A27M Cromwell1A27M Cromwell1Prije mjesec
  • This is the first channel that I've seen elucidating tire, suspension and driving mechanics with good driving intuition. Best of luck!

    Mete Can KarahasanMete Can KarahasanPrije mjesec
  • lesson: sometimes, saying fuck you to the usual racing line works a lot

    niceguyniceguyPrije mjesec
  • The first DAS! He was basically doing what mercedes uses now to warm up the tyres.

    Vadim ZopVadim ZopPrije mjesec
  • Thank you for making this video... I’ve been pointing out alonsos love of understeer and how this has affected teams he has subsequently driven for it also gives him an advantage off the line as the Renault had such a rearward biased he has driven the development of his teams this direction ever since often leaving his teammates frustrated by the lack of front end response in the cars

    Neil Fastfreddie AndersonNeil Fastfreddie AndersonPrije mjesec
  • One thing about Senna, he would change his braking point for all corners so the the one following would know where to brake. BTW, I wished we had tyres competition

    Luc DesaulniersLuc DesaulniersPrije mjesec
  • Sensational!

    Jesus WrightJesus WrightPrije mjesec
  • What happened in McLaren and Ferrari? He almost won there too

    Yuivaan FeverYuivaan FeverPrije mjesec
  • How Alonso's prima donna attitude turned off his team

    Michael PeligroMichael PeligroPrije mjesec
  • Very interesting...

    L GarzaL GarzaPrije mjesec
  • Spins are from Sepang'04 (rear brakes failure during the quali lap) and Spa'04 (oil over rear tyres), not by a particular mistake from him... Idk, looks like a pretty clever analysis, but in the other hand there are no numbers, or any other reference than just "perceptions". And about the tyres shape; Michelin were "flater" to maximize the contact-patch and Bridgestone were "rounder" to have less friction (and heat) over them (remember the previous week for Monza 2003... after Alonso's maiden victory). My point is... "tyres' aerodynamics is so easy to understand..." (sarcasm sign). Thanks for make all this saga. It's quite interesting (and give so much to think about!), even when each one have a different sight about it. And sorry if I'm so annoying-straight, but yes, I really like your videos! Have a great one!

    Curva130RCurva130RPrije mjesec
  • F1 needs to bring back re fuelling.

    FazmagaricalFazmagaricalPrije mjesec
  • ‘Strange steering’ is very similar to not steering at all.

    FazmagaricalFazmagaricalPrije mjesec
  • so basically my man was drifting... the fucking goat

    Sushain BargotraSushain BargotraPrije mjesec
  • Some of the footage used here is incredible

    GP TechGP TechPrije mjesec
  • Fernando the most complete driver. He extracts the best of any car, tyre, circuit and condition. This is what makes him the best ever in my opinion.

    Sumanth ReddySumanth ReddyPrije mjesec
  • Hi Driver 61! I play yours videos to learn english! Your voice is really clean and understandable! Thanks

    German QualityGerman QualityPrije mjesec
  • Alonso also holds one of the highest winning rates at 80.6% in teammate race head to head and beaten every single one of his teammate, almost unheard of considering he paired with 4 champs. Only another driver did that was the great Senna at 80%, beating all his teammates.

    FCC LFCC LPrije mjesec
    • @Eliet Morales I am talking about teammate head to head race finish, not about points.

      FCC LFCC LPrije 14 dana
    • Hamilton beat him on count back 😅

      Eliet MoralesEliet MoralesPrije mjesec
  • 4:42 The moment he made it clear that he has the balls to be a wdc

    yo yoyo yoPrije mjesec
  • Gotta wonder if that technique wasn't born out of frustration due to understeer, learned by accident one day while he was irritated by the front grip.

    Glen WaldropGlen WaldropPrije mjesec
  • Send it

    maria shigwedhamaria shigwedhaPrije mjesec
  • Just look at it, it’s brilliant

    Dave AngelDave AngelPrije mjesec
  • To all the blind children: Alonso steered in hard at the last millisecond. ( excellent talent ). But - the Renault- with its specific front end steering and dampening suspension - MATED to their Michelin tires - could be driven that way to maximize corner speed. You will notice- that the next year - the WHOLE THING GOT BANNED- and you will SURELY notice that after that Freddie fingers was unable to compete w Schumacher- until Suzuka- when Schumi’s Ferrari engine blew. So: while I think Alonso was very talented- he was no match for the GREAT ONE.

    60mdl60mdlPrije mjesec
  • The man was drifting

    Kyri CyKyri CyPrije mjesec
  • Understeer is more natural for a non driver. Oversteer is something drivers are very aware of and able to control. Understeer is much harder to master.

    Ronald FishRonald FishPrije mjesec
  • That's actually amazing to watch I did see it at the time but I thought the Renault was really hard on front tyres making them lose grip quickly forcing alsonso to drive around them (excuse pun) but I stand corrected

    highlandriderhighlandriderPrije mjesec
  • Can't wait to see him in a Renault next year :)

    emidrummer1990emidrummer1990Prije mjesec
  • This is done in go carts and it works but, the tires don’t last.

    Hal 9000Hal 9000Prije mjesec
  • Guess Alonso was so alon(e) on the strange steering method 😂

    Arkapravo DuttaArkapravo DuttaPrije mjesec
  • Imagine Alonso doing a u turn with that style. Might as well have the steering wheel come off while he rotates it 540 degrees 😂👍

    MasteryMasteryPrije mjesec
  • cheating

    ola k aseola k asePrije mjesec
  • Best driver after Senna die

    Adriano R.Adriano R.Prije mjesec
  • I remember reading in F1's book about his first test with Minardi: it was raining and Giancarlo Minardi after few laps said 'have this idiot box or he'll kill himself, he's going too fast'. After Fernando pitted they were furious with him for risking too much. Alonso replied that he was just warming the car 😂😱 They let him go out again and discovered he was telling the truth. Such a badass story lol.

    Andrea BrembillaAndrea BrembillaPrije mjesec
  • He won DESPITE his bad steering

    GobbollinoGobbollinoPrije mjesec
  • Gentleman, how did Alonso drive his Ferrari?

    Guilherme RibeiroGuilherme RibeiroPrije mjesec