Having labored with each drivers, Otmar Szafnauer is in a very good place to match how Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel go about their enterprise.
The Alpine group principal moved to the group simply weeks earlier than the beginning of the brand new season, after departing Aston Martin as a result of he knew he would not have the “affect” he as soon as did with the arrival of Martin Whitmarsh above him.
However what this has accomplished is provide Szafnauer the possibility to work with two of Formulation 1’s most profitable drivers, so he was naturally requested about how they work inside a group and, whereas they share a number of the similar traits, there are different areas wherein they differ – however all with the identical aim in thoughts.
“They’re very comparable,” Szafnauer informed AS. “Completely different in persona, however comparable of their requests to have the ability to go quicker, about what they do.
“I believe Sebastian has extra detailed suggestions, however Fernando focuses on these issues that may give him extra efficiency from the beginning, the large stuff, whereas Sebastian research the large stuff after which will get into the main points.
“There are variations, however their want to win and enhance efficiency is similar.”
Alonso has seemed as quick as ever initially of 2022, however his Alpine future might come beneath scrutiny within the coming months as Formulation 2 champion Oscar Piastri waits within the wings, whereas team-mate Esteban Ocon’s future is secured with the group past the top of the 12 months.
The 40-year-old has made no secret of his want to hold on in Formulation 1 past the top of 2022, and Szafnauer has been impressed with what he has seen from the double World Champion.
“It’s the primary time I’ve labored with him,” he mentioned. “I like the truth that he’s ultra-competitive, he pushes to enhance the automobile, but in addition to be quicker, him and the folks round him.
“He nonetheless has the starvation of champions, that’s one thing I like, and he’s additionally very proficient. He will get a lap out of the automobile in a short time, probably faster than anybody I’ve labored with.
“It’s a expertise that not many individuals have, he does. He’s additionally excellent on Sundays, within the race. We now have an awesome mixture with Esteban, who’s youthful.”