Formula 1 news: Fernando Alonso, F1‘s oldest driver on the current grid, says he hasn’t been too available if you may for Alpine’s next year’s car. Now, before you go all bonkers, it wasn’t Alonso’s fault.
Back in 2020, when next year’s regs were slated to come into effect this year, the teams were banned from working on their 2022 cars to keep costs under control.
Now, as Nando only returned to the sport this year, he wasn’t a part of Alpine’s discussions for obvious reasons. What this directly means is not something that would harm the French marque, though.
We all have seen it already this season that given the correct tools and talent, Alpine is a strong team. Sometimes a bit too strong. And Fernando is certainly not slow by all means.
This is what Nando has to say
When asked about how much was he involved in the project, the Spaniard said, “Not much, to be honest.” “The development has been followed by all the designers, the simulations, the new regulations were too strict at the beginning so there was a lot of clarification as to what we could do and not do with FIA and things like that.
“It is a strange new project for everybody, I feel. Now from December and January, we will start the work in the simulator and hopefully, our implication will be a little bit more.”
Alonso, who finished a respectable 10th in the WDC on his return to F1 after two seasons away, says all he needs from the next year’s machine is more power on the straights and more downforce in the corners. Well, don’t we all, Fernando…
“We are strong in many areas we just need a competitive package out of the factories at Enstone and Viry. We have been working for several months now and we have high hopes but let’s see in February.”
Alpine’s Marcin Budkowski says the team is entering its “most important winter”
To say that the hopes are high over at Alpine is a major understatement. It is much more than that. The team is sensing an opportunity, a chance to outshine the rivals.
“I want the team to contend for podiums and win by the end of the next regulation, that is to say, 2024/25, depending on where they decide to switch to the new regulation package. A lot is going on for next year and it is probably the most important winter for this team since Renault came back,” said Budkowski.
Speaking on the rumors going in and around the paddock that Aston’s Otmar Szafnauer could make it into Alpine with Marcin himself under the review, the bossman says, “Really what I want people to talk about at the coffee machine is how to make the car go quicker, not who is doing what or what the management structure would look like.”