Alpine Wants to ‘Put All the Meat on the Grill’ With 2022 F1 Engine: Alonso

Published 07/09/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

After four torrid and disappointing years with McLaren, the two-time champion, Fernando Alonso left the sport in 2018. It was believed that McLaren’s inability to challenge Mercedes for the throne provoked the Spaniard to take the harsh decision.


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However, before leaving F1, Alonso left some hints regarding a potential comeback. And with the new car regulations to take place from next season, which apparently will reset the order of the grid, lured the Spaniard to make a return.

Fernando Alonso makes a comeback with new/rebranded Alpine this season. Alpine is previously known as Renault, with whom Alonso clinched the two world titles.


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Fernando Alonso reveals ‘ambitious’ program for Alpine’s 2022 engine

Meanwhile, in an Alpine event in Barcelona, Fernando Alonso faced the media where he answered questions from the Spanish press. And as expected, the majority of the questions were related to the next season.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

However, during the press conference, the Spaniard gave a slight preview regarding Alpine’s 2022 engine development.

The Renault engine still pays something against the competition, and therefore there is a desire for improvement. “With the engine, there is a very ambitious program. We want to put all the meat on the grill,” said Fernando Alonso referring to the Enstone-based team’s desire to be on the top again.

Alpine works with the goal of being on top

“The optimism for 2022 is the same as when I signed up to return to F1. We are all with the same hopes. Obviously, dreaming is free: the whole Alpine is working on the basis of this enthusiasm,” said the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso.


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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna.

“All the F1 teams know that in 2022 with the change of the rules there could be a shuffling of cards, so why can’t we be the favorites? We wouldn’t be here if we thought we were at the bottom of the grid. We all work with the illusion of being on top” (Quotes translated via Google)


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With the new car regulations to take place from next season, can Alpine compete for the throne with the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.