Szafnauer: ‘We will give Fernando the car he needs’

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Szafnauer: ‘We will give Fernando the car he needs’

Otmar Szafnauer says he’s assured Alpine may give Fernando Alonso the equipment required to compete in direction of the sharp finish of the sector this season.

Alonso was in scintillating type in qualifying in Australia specifically. However for a hydraulic failure in his energy steering throughout Q3, he insisted he would have been within the hunt for a grid slot within the prime three at the least – and his first two sectors had nearly matched Charles Leclerc’s eventual pole lap time.

Alpine have proven flashes of velocity this season to this point, however their crew principal stays pragmatic and hopes to see the crew out-develop these round them this yr – whereas additionally being conscious of the timeframe by which to allow Alonso to compete.

“As a result of he’s 40 years previous? I hope so,” Szafnauer responded when requested by AS if the crew can produce a quick automotive shortly sufficient for Alonso to get essentially the most out of it.

“I keep in mind once I was 40 and I didn’t get drained. Now I’m 57 and I do get drained. This yr, what we now have to do with Fernando, and likewise with Esteban [Ocon], is to enhance the automotive greater than the others.

“If we do this, what we be taught this yr we will apply it subsequent yr. On the finish of the yr we can see how our studying has been, in comparison with the remainder.

“We are going to give Fernando the automotive he wants. We’ll see how the season goes – it’s simply began – however I don’t assume we did a nasty job within the winter. We are going to enhance through the season, we’ll go up.”

Alonso mentioned prior to now few weeks he hopes to remain in System 1 for an additional two or three years, be it with Alpine or in any other case.

His future with Alpine isn’t but sure past the tip of the season, with younger hotshot and reserve driver Oscar Piastri ready within the wings for a race seat in 2023.

Szafnauer admitted the stress to get final yr’s System 2 champion onto the grid subsequent season will ramp up because the season progresses and the crew principal mentioned they may take their time to work out their subsequent steps.


“I don’t know what he means right here, in fact,” Szafnauer mentioned of Alonso’s earlier phrases. “However I hope so – Fernando is a superb asset, a World Champion, a big assist to be aggressive on the monitor. Within the meantime, we now have him this yr.

“These future selections will are available July or August when the ‘foolish season’ begins. And till then we’ll be taught loads in regards to the automotive and I’m certain he could have extra info to decide.”




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