The 2-time champion is returning to F1 this yr after two seasons away, and was battling for factors on the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier than he needed to retire due to brake issues.
However as he bids to get himself again up to the mark, Alonso admits that there’s rather more to return from him than there’s a want for Alpine to raise the efficiency of its A521.
Talking forward of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the place his workforce is planning to unleash a set of upgrades, Alonso mentioned there have been nonetheless clear areas the place he might do higher.
“I am pleased with the workforce and the upgrades right here, I believe they’ll deliver some efficiency to the automobile,” he mentioned.
“And we’ll examine the place are the areas in Imola that we’ve got to enhance and, on the similar time, I would like to enhance myself greater than the automobile in all probability, in the mean time.
“In Bahrain, I felt that I wanted to hurry up in issues, in procedures: on the formation lap, the primary lap, the pitstops. There have been issues that, you understand, they have been new to me in a means after three years.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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“However with that weight out of the shoulders after the primary race, and the stress of doing it for the primary time, once more, I hope I can carry out higher myself right here.”
Alpine has admitted that there are some weaknesses with its new automobile, however Alonso felt that the workforce nonetheless didn’t absolutely perceive the place it stacked up towards the opposition.
“Even when the 2021 season is a continuation of the 2020 rules, I believe we noticed many groups doing substantial adjustments to the automobiles,” he mentioned.
“I believe it was the identical for Alpine as effectively, and we nonetheless want to know a few areas of the automobile which might be giving totally different outcomes relying on the configuration that we’re working.
“We have to extract slightly bit extra efficiency out of the automobile, and hopefully from the following coming races and new updates that we are going to deliver to the automobile we are able to exploit slightly bit extra the potential.
“However the midfield may be very shut. We noticed in Bahrain and all final yr as effectively, three or 4 tenths could make you combat for sixth to seventh or 14th to 15th. We wish to be as excessive as doable in that midfield group.”