Marcin Budkowski says the Alpine F1 Workforce might want to work out why they weren’t as aggressive in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix as they’d hoped, and so they hope they’ll deal with the tempo problem earlier than the French Grand Prix later this month.
Budkowski, the Govt Director at Alpine, was upset to see Esteban Ocon’s afternoon on the Baku Metropolis Circuit finish after simply 4 laps on account of an influence unit problem on his A521, whereas Fernando Alonso was combating for the minor factors for a lot of the day.
The late race purple flag, brought on when Max Verstappen’s tyre failed on the beginning/end straight, gave Alonso the prospect to make some welcome positive factors within the ultimate two laps, with the Spaniard exhibiting he nonetheless has what it takes on monitor to combat via to sixth.
Budkowski says the factors Alonso earned have been reward for everybody’s arduous work at Alpine, however there are particular weaknesses to type out and clear up earlier than they return to the monitor on the Circuit Paul Ricard subsequent weekend.
“The race didn’t begin properly with Esteban having to cease with an influence unit drawback and Fernando’s race tempo was not aggressive, for which we have to perceive the explanations,” mentioned Budkowski. “General it wasn’t a terrific afternoon however we may be glad that the 2 drivers who had points have been advantageous and it did give us some thrilling motion after the restart.
“The center-warming optimistic was some Fernando magic to regain 4 positions and end P6, which is a good reward for everybody’s arduous work. He’s again in a really aggressive state and we now must work collectively to get again on kind on the subsequent race in France.”