Fernando Alonso allegedly used frequency scanner to get better start in F1 races

Apart from Renault, Alonso has also driven for McLaren, Ferrari, and Minardi. In 2021, the Spaniard returned to the Enstone-based team, Renault (now known as Alpine).

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 18 September 2022 11:01 AM

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso alleged to have used a frequency scanner in his racing cars to get a better start in the races than his opponent. The 41-year-old Spanish racer won the series' World Drivers' Championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.

Apart from Renault, Alonso has also driven for McLaren, Ferrari, and Minardi. In 2021, the Spaniard returned to  the Enstone-based team, Renault (now known as Alpine).

Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestly has made a shocking revelation over Fernando Alonso's near-perfect race starts during a podcast session.  Priestly had worked with Fernando Alonso during his time at McLaren and acknowledged  Alonso overtaking cars comfortably at the start of a race surprised many F1 experts.

During the podcast session, Priestly talked about the banned technologies in the F1 races and recalled what Alonso used to get perfect race starts. Priestly reportedly said that Alonso had a scanner installed in his car that helped his car scan the frequency between the race director pressing the button and  the lights going out. This certainly helped him getting a head start over his opponents leaving 5-6 cars behind.

Priestly was confident that Alonso used this technology in his cars, however, the theory hasn't been proved in the Formula 1 till now.

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