Fernando Alonso is just not but seeing a mixing up of the grid as was supposed with the brand new laws for 2022.
There are a number of examples of the place of the groups altering, with Ferrari for instance now on the entrance of the pack with Purple Bull, whereas Mercedes has dropped to the pinnacle of the midfield.
In that midfield pack in the meantime, Alfa Romeo and Haas at the moment are trying much more aggressive, frequently scoring factors having struggled to take action final season, with Haas failing to report some extent in 2021.
Alonso’s Alpine staff are additionally within the battle on the entrance of the midfield, however the two-time World Champion continues to be seeing the order as “staff by staff” in qualifying.
The battle for victories has been fought completely between Ferrari and Purple Bull through the opening 4 rounds.
The brand new laws, working alongside the finances cap, had been designed to make driver skill the main target as soon as extra, creating the potential for a spread of various race winners.
“The brand new regs have been imagined to deliver all of the automobiles nearer collectively and a number of groups and drivers may win races,” mentioned Alonso, quoted by GPFans.
“The order of the qualy continues to be staff by staff not driver by driver, so typically the game ought to hold trying into that and enhance it.”
The brand new automobiles have been created to advertise nearer racing by decreasing the quantity of soiled air that was being produced, thus permitting a driver to observe one other for longer with out struggling a significant drop in downforce.
Typically, the assumption is that the automobiles are efficiently doing their half in that purpose, however a number of drivers have recognized the Pirelli tyres as being a difficulty nonetheless.
The Italian producer upgraded from 13-inch to newly-developed 18-inch tyres for the 2022 season.
And Alonso too could be counted among the many drivers who really feel that additional work is required with the tyres, saying that they’re nonetheless getting broken “quite a bit” by following one other automotive.
“It’s straightforward to observe automobiles, aerodynamically we don’t lose as a lot as we did earlier than, however the tyres are nonetheless a difficulty,” mentioned Alonso.
“To observe automobiles we’re nonetheless damaging the tyres quite a bit.”
These up to date laws are although solely four-races-old, with Alonso saying that groups cannot but arrive on the observe with their automotive within the “optimum” working window as they may do beforehand.
“This 12 months’s automobiles, it’s not just like the earlier technology of automobiles that we knew very nicely and will arrive on the circuit and the automotive was working near optimum. This 12 months you want a while to fine-tune every part.”