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F1: Alpine, between doubts and hope: this has been the year within Alonso’s team

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F1: Alpine, between doubts and hope: this has been the year within Alonso's team

The good weather in the garage, with Rossi’s firm hand, is mixed with goodbye to Taffin and doubts about Brivio.

Alonso, on Sunday, on the starting grid of the Qatar GP.ALPINE F1

On a day like today, three years ago, Fernando Alonso He started his last weekend with McLaren in Abu Dhabi, from where he would say goodbye with that premonitory See you later. The luxurious hotel of Yas Marina also witnessed, just under 12 months ago, the Asturian’s first test with Renault, who will return there, in three weeks, with renewed bros at the wheel of his Alpine. Abu Dhabi will close the 2021 World Cup and open a door through which F1 enters the regulatory revolution. An unknown and exciting terrain for Alonso, who in three years has not only made his return to the Great Circus, but also outlined the new direction of his team, with which he aspires to fight for victories from 2022.

After linking three weekends in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar, Alonso returned home yesterday with the satisfaction of his duty accomplished. As much as no one within Alpine will have that podium in Losail, the truth is that success reinforces the commitment of Laurent rossi, CEO of the team, and Marcin budkowski, Executive Director. The rumors that point to the departure of Davide brivio, the man who completes his tricphalous dome. The climate of the garage is one of the factors that has most convinced Alonso.

What we do on the track is a product of the environment that exists in there, I commented yesterday Esteban Ocon after completing an impeccable job against Sergio Prez. I wanted to return the favor he had done me in Hungary, added the Frenchman, remembering those 12 laps in which Fernando stopped Lewis hamilton. After a hesitant start to the year, the exhibition at the Hungaroring, precisely the weekend he turned 40, was the blow to Alonso’s table. Despite having an engine seven tenths slower than Mercedes and half a second worse than Red Bull, the Asturian also approached the battle for the podium in Sochi and Istanbul.

300 engineers

In any case, it would be wrong to paint the Alpine season in colors, a personal project of Luca de meo. The plenipotentiary CEO of the Renault Group, who reports directly to Rossi, has had to face more than one crisis in this restructuring process. The latter seems to affect Brivio, who could be replaced in the next few weeks by Otmar Szafnauer, current boss of Aston Martin. Another of them took Remi Taffin, head of the engine department. After more than two decades on the team, Alonso’s friend got off a project in August without the expected financial backing.

And it is that for months, all the efforts in the factories have been focused towards 2022, with an idea that seems more obsession: to concentrate all the resources, both economic and human, in the new car. With 300 engineers, some newcomers, it won’t be easy to narrow the gap against Mercedes, which has 1,000 brains on the payroll. Although to try to eliminate, without hesitation, any superfluous expense. For example, Alpine has given up its HyperCar for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023, the centenary year of the legendary race.

Alonso, used to following every detail from day to day in Enstone and Viry-Chatillon, continues to trust the word given by De Meo, the real person responsible for his signing, the one who called him personally to convince him even despite the delay of a year in the change of rules. The two-time champion feels that he was not wrong and that the current fifth place in the Constructors’ World Championship, in a tough contest with Alpha Tauri, only represents a starting point for Alpine.



Reference from elmundo