The French automobile producer endured a tough season opener in Bahrain, with neither Fernando Alonso nor Esteban Ocon managing to complete within the factors.
Alonso’s hopes had been wrecked within the race by overheating brakes, triggered by a sandwich wrapper getting caught within the automobile, whereas Ocon was left on the backfoot by poorly timed yellow flags in qualifying that led to him being dumped out in Q1.
Even with out these dramas, although, Alpine didn’t seem to have the tempo to noticeably threaten essential rivals McLaren, Ferrari and AlphaTauri, which is why the outfit is planning a improvement push.
Government director Marcin Budkowski mentioned: “The Bahrain race weekend confirmed a number of the weaknesses of our package deal, which we’re working laborious to enhance and achieve the few tenths of a second that we’re at present lacking to battle on the entrance of the midfield.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, within the pits
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Alpine is planning to deliver an aerodynamic improvement to this weekend’s Imola race, in addition to use Friday follow to raised perceive what design course it must take with additional enhancements.
Budkowski added: “We’ve an aerodynamic improve package deal coming to the automobile for this grand prix.
“As well as, we have now some take a look at gadgets to evaluate throughout Friday follow, which is able to assist outline additional upgrades deliberate over the following few races.”
Alonso, who’s returning to F1 this season after two seasons away, says the goal for the staff this weekend have to be to complete within the high ten.
“I believe we have now to battle to attain our first factors of the season on Sunday,” he mentioned.
“Let’s hope all our dangerous luck for the season was used up in Bahrain. We’re nonetheless studying heaps in regards to the automobile and I’m anticipating that the setup right here and, after all, the climate will probably be very completely different to what we skilled in Bahrain.
“It must be fairly shut and some tenths of a second may make up various positions.”