Alfa Romeo Throw Apparent Shade at Engine Suppliers Ferrari F1

Published 01/21/2022, 5:16 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Antonio Fuoco during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Ferrari are looking like the team to beat going into the 2022 season. They were the most impressive team of the 2021 season as they jumped from P6 to P3 in the championship standings. They will continue to supply their engines to Haas and Alfa Romeo for the next season as well. Interestingly, Alfa Romeo technical director Jon Monchaux mentioned it is unlikely that they will be on par with the Italian team.

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Despite supplying the same engines to their customer teams, there is a vast difference in terms of performance between them. Monchaux stated if the supplying team distributes the same equipment, then there will not be any difference between them and the customer team.

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Alfa Romeo technical director takes a dig at Ferrari engines

As reported by Motorsport. tr, the Swiss team technical head mentioned if the supplier follows the regulations and stays transparent, then there won’t be any differences. He believes if the same equipment is provided, then the customer team can beat the supplying team.

“Personally, yes, I think it’s possible. On paper, you can certainly do that. By regulations, engine manufacturers must supply all customer teams with exactly the same equipment and exactly the same engine type. If the supplier follows the rules and is transparent enough, then why can’t a midfield team do a great job compared to the top teams?” said the Alfa Romeo technical head.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

When asked if a customer team can beat the main team in the 2022 season, like Brawn GP in 2009, Jon stated,” It was really unusual. It would be a big surprise to have this kind of dominance in the new era.

But can a team in the middle group suddenly take a big step forward at the start of the season? It’s certainly possible,”

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Well, it would be quite a surprise if Alfa Romeo are faster than Ferrari in the 2022 season. But let’s wait and see if the improvements in the Ferrari engines will help the Swiss team in 2022.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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