Alpine has yet to discover why their car struggled so much in the heat of Bahrain and are working hard on it.
The French team started the season disappointingly as they failed to score a point Fernando Alonso retired and Esteban Ocon ended up in P13.
They didn’t look particularly fast in the qualifiers either, Ocon came out in Q1 and Alonso just turned into Q3, mostly due to Yuki Tsunoda and Sergio Perez who did poorly.
Marcin Budkowsi, the team’s executive director, says the high temperatures hurt them, and they’re trying to understand why that was exactly the case.
“We have little homework to understand why we were less competitive in hot sessions than in the evening,” he said. Autosprint.
“I don’t think it will be a problem in Imola or Portugal, but it could become a problem in the summer months. On testing we were quite happy with the car, but we were less at warmer temperatures.
“The first and third free practice were harder for us, while we returned to a more representative level of competitiveness in night sessions such as qualifications and races.
“The temperature was quite extreme, it was warmer than in the testing. At the beginning of FP3 the temperature was 38 degrees, while the track temperature was 47, much higher than in the winter tests. “
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Overall, the midfield seems to have strengthened over the winter as McLaren, Ferrari and AlphaTauri have made a breakthrough and Alfa Romeo has also narrowed the gap.
Because of this, Alpine does not seem capable of fighting for the P3 in the constructors ’championship, as was the case in 2020, while they were still called Renault, as they had hoped.
To get back to where they want to be, Budkowsi believes they need to find a speed of about a quarter of a second.
” [We are] still two or three tenths to actually fight the teams we thought we were going to fight, ”he concluded.
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