Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer has jokingly urged Sebastian Vettel’s crash through the Australian Grand Prix was revenge for the him swapping groups.
Szafnauer spent 12 years on the Aston Martin workforce by its numerous iterations however left on the finish of final yr, Vettel’s first with the workforce, to take up the reins at Alpine.
Even within the early levels of the 2022 marketing campaign, it appears to have been a good move as Aston Martin are the only real workforce to not have registered a degree whereas Alpine look to be able to persistently difficult for a powerful haul of factors.
Luck was not on their facet through the Australian Grand Prix and it was a very irritating weekend for Fernando Alonso.
Having regarded within the working for pole place earlier than crashing in qualifying, the Spaniard’s weekend was made worse on the Sunday when his technique to start out on the laborious tyre got here undone by the Security Automobile.
When Vettel crashed on the twenty third lap of the race, it allowed the drivers on the medium tyre to rapidly swap thus inflicting Alonso to lose any benefit he may need hoped to realize.
Szafnauer joked that the poor timing of Vettel’s crash was revenge for him swapping sides.
“They most likely did it as a result of I’m right here now,” he stated with a smile as reported by motorsport.com.
The 57-year-old additionally stated the workforce’s weekend would have been very completely different had Alonso accomplished qualifying.
“If we had certified the place we might have certified, it might have been a totally completely different race for Fernando,” he stated.
“He would then have began on mediums like everybody else round him and wouldn’t have been caught flat-footed by the Security Automobile.”
Szafnauer additionally joked that it’s not possible to foretell the long run and if he might, he would within the casinos of Las Vegas.
He was requested concerning the comparability to Williams and Alex Albon who managed to make the laborious tyre final for all however one lap of the race. Nevertheless, Szafnauer didn’t assume that was a sensible possibility for Alonso and Alpine.
“They [Williams] had no alternative however to remain out,” he stated.
“If Albon had pitted, he would have been on the finish of the practice, and also you don’t try this.
“You had been hoping for a purple flag and you probably did the correct factor.
“If we hadn’t had that tempo, the Digital Security Automobile wouldn’t have come and if we had executed the identical as Albon, we might have completed tenth. We’d have been forward of them. However if you’re in entrance, you make completely different selections.
“You’ll be able to solely make selections based mostly on the knowledge you will have for the time being. Predicting the long run could be very tough. If I might try this, I might be in Las Vegas.”