Alpine staff principal Otmar Szafnauer says he has been “amazed” by automotive reliability all through the grid firstly of System 1’s new period.
All of this 12 months’s challengers needed to be designed from scratch as F1 introduced in contemporary rules supposed to make racing nearer, extra thrilling and aggressive, closing up the pack and shuffling the order.
Nearly each field has been ticked within the first two races of the 2022 season, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen partaking in an exciting duel for the lead in each Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and rising with a victory apiece.
Often firstly of a marketing campaign, and particularly when new vehicles have needed to be created, there are reliability issues with a number of drivers having to retire from races.
However that has not been the case a lot this time period. Though Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas exited in fast succession in Saudi Arabia final trip, in Bahrain beforehand the entire subject had nonetheless been operating till 12 laps from the tip after which Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez and Verstappen retired with points.
An attrition price of three vehicles per race at this level displays nicely on the groups usually, particularly with engines having needed to be homologated for the subsequent 4 seasons, and Szafnauer admits it has caught him abruptly.
“Everybody did a very good with reliability,” stated the Alpine boss, quoted by Motorsport-total.com.
“Do you keep in mind the great outdated days? Again then, eight vehicles completed the primary race, or six vehicles.
“With this utterly new package deal and the modifications for the engine, I’m amazed at how good the vehicles are.”
Szafnauer expanded on why precisely the reliability has been so spectacular to date.
“You’ve gotten 100% new elements within the automotive, which is uncommon,” stated the Romania-born 57-year-old, who joined Alpine throughout the winter from Aston Martin.
“Usually you carry over an honest proportion of the elements. And if you carry over elements, they’ve [already] confirmed themselves by way of reliability.
“Additionally, everybody knew an engine freeze was coming. So each engine producer made modifications, and if you make modifications, each to the automotive and to the engine, this stuff occur, particularly if you end up pushing for efficiency.”
Alonso’s retirement, resulting from a water pump concern, is the one one Alpine have skilled to this point this season, with Esteban Ocon having scored 14 of the 16 factors which have put the staff fourth within the Constructors’ standings after two of a deliberate 23 races.