Alpine CEO Makes a Bold Yet Questionable Claim About F1 Drivers Agreeing to a 40-Race Calendar

Published 01/17/2022, 9:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon during practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone in all spheres of life. It has especially affected the world of Formula One, considering the global nature of the event. The effects of the pandemic were there for everyone to see, as races had to be canceled or rescheduled.

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An F1 schedule is extremely hectic and requires a lot of logistics and manpower. However, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi does have faith that drivers will have no issue with having forty races.

Alpine boss Rossi is confident about having a forty race season

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The Formula One paddock travels all over the world. The operations of handling an F1 team are huge. But if given the opportunity drivers would take part in more races if possible. Interestingly, Rossi is optimistic that drivers have the capacity of competing in forty races a year.

As quoted from Motorsport. total.com, Rossi said, “It’s a lot. At the same time, it is great for sports and the drivers love it. If they were offered 40 races, then they would probably drive 40 times a year. If they are not [on the track], then they drive their karts or other things anyway.”

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Additionally, he thinks that having a “sustainable” calendar is crucial for the employees of an F1 team. He added, “The fewer double and triple headers we have, the better it is.” (Translated from German via Google)

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How did the Alpine duo perform this season?

For the 2021 season, Renault rebranded itself to Alpine and brought in Fernando Alonso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who was on his way to McLaren. The 2-time world champion partnered with French driver Esteban Ocon.

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After a two-year hiatus, Alonso hadn’t forgotten what it’s like to be behind the wheel as he bagged a third-place finish at the Qatar Grand Prix. The 2-time world champion finished the 2021 season with 81 points and earned himself tenth place in the drivers’ standings.

On the other hand, Ocon won his maiden Formula One race at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021. In addition, the Enstone-based outfit offered him a deal that will keep him with Alpine until 2024. Given the French team’s faith in him, he hopes to live up to their expectations in the coming years by earning more podiums and winning races.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Brian Snyder

What are your predictions for the French team as we edge closer and closer to the upcoming 2022 season? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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