Alpine Claim To Have a ‘Plan in Place’ After Dismal Start to F1 Season

Published 04/07/2021, 3:57 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


One of the teams that seem to have taken a step back from last season is Alpine. While they butted heads with McLaren and Ferrari in 2020, the season-opener in Bahrain indicated that those two have gained an advantage over Alpine. But the French team is not fretting; it’s because they have a bigger objective to look at.

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Because of the FIA’s 2021 regulations, teams were required to carry most of their chassis from 2020. Though it wasn’t the best news for Alpine who feel that they reached their peak with the A521 challenger. However, there’s a silver lining in that.

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Wholesome changes are set to be introduced next season, as part of the FIA’s plan to create a more breathtaking racing spectacle by trimming the gap between the teams. Hence, they plan to divert their attention and resources, like the other teams, on that.

Plan to build ‘the best ever car’ of the new 2022 regulations in place

Laurent Rossi, Newly-appointed CEO of Alpine, after it was rebranded from Renault proclaimed

“What we want to do is carry on building on what we’ve done. We know we’ve more or less reached the end of this car anyway. So [we will] extract as much as we can out of this car, use this to fine tune the operations’ organisation and in the meantime make sure we build the best ever car for the next regulation era.”

Alpine confident that their ‘new mayonnaise’ can work

After the departure of Renault Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul, there have been widespread structural changes. The top brass opted against having a direct replacement for Abiteboul. Rather they now have three leaders in the team, Davide Brivio, Marcin Budkowski, and Rossi himself.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Pool via Getty Images)

“The team in place now is a different set of people – not all of them – there’s tonnes of them that are very good but there’s a bit of change: Marcin came in, started to put his touch on the team; we hired a couple of high-profile engineers,” Rossi remarked.

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“So very confident that this new mayonnaise will taste good next year.”

And it must. They owe it to Fernando Alonso to give him a car worthy of his talents. It would vindicate his return to the sport and since the critics of his age.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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