“From the French GP I hope a new championship will start for me”, I pointed out weeks ago Fernando Alonso to this diary. And now, that moment has come. Next week the Spaniard will face the home race of Alpine, and it will do so after the good taste in the mouth with which it ended in Baku, where he was able to show off his driving skills once again in the final stationary start with two laps to go, where he won 4 positions in an astonishing way. This should serve the Oviedo to give it an extra boost. So far this season, those rogue eyes have never been seen, full of satisfaction and joy after achieving a result in Baku that was much better than what the team aspired to.
All this, after a difficult start to the course for the Spaniard due to his adaptation to the French car and the ‘Great Circus’ after more than two and a half years out of the competition of his life. And also, due to the poor performance of his car, less than what the French firm sold in its presentation. They wanted to constantly fight for podiums, but the track quickly made it clear that the French car is not up to those goals. In a circuit that is well suited to the blue racing car, they have been able to aspire to battle with Mclaren Y Ferrari, but in many others, Alpine has not been there. Or with has had a couple of great grades that made her dream Alpine. Y Fernando Alonso has shown good rhythms in long runs as in Portimao that gave hope to the whole. But Ferrari, Mclaren Y AlphaTauri They seem ahead on most layouts in a very tight middle zone. However, the Spaniard was able to take advantage of all the opportunities he had in Baku to maximize his result despite having a car with a pace well below expectations. But as the man from Oviedo said, “in Baku anything can happen”. He knew the important thing was to stay on track and fish in rough waters when the opportunity arose. He did so by gaining positions at the start, at the highlight after the safety and at the final start with two laps to go to achieve sixth place.
Now, the Spaniard faces what should be the start of a new championship for him. At first, he had to relearn everything. He even said that the automation of the buttons on the steering wheel did not come out yet. And above all, he was not worried about the fact that a great Ocon would overtake him in the first races. “I am not worried. They remain
18 races in the championship and we will do the mathematics in December and not now ”, he said in Barcelona. Two weeks later, the Spaniard already surpasses in the classification to a Or with that he had to abandon in Baku for a problem in your car’s power unit.
The Asturian said that the first races, with appointments like Portimao or two urban circuits like Monaco and Baku, they didn’t make things easy for him. “They have been a tough challenge to adapt”. And in that sense, he said that from France things would be much easier, with his return to much more suitable circuits to continue advancing.
Your new weapon must arrive in France
The Oviedo must continue to progress in the qualifying session, his main Achilles heel because, as the rider himself pointed out, the “biggest limit” that he is encountering is the difficulty of warming up the tires on his preparation lap for the ‘ qualy ‘, something that happens to many other pilots. In that sense, at the French GP he hopes to have a new weapon that will help him take a step forward in this regard to improve his classifications and in the management of tires in the race. He knows that with a better position on the grid, he can qualify for better results in the race, and with this new development, he can also have more control over his pace and his car on Sundays. As the Oviedo said weeks ago, the new power steering that Alpine requested should arrive in France.
This new assistance will allow you to notice the front tire much more. As pointed Pedro de la Rosa to MD, “For a rider it is very important to feel the front tire and you can feel it mainly thanks to the assistance of the power steering. And if it is not correct, you are very lost when you jump into a curve because you do not know if you are going to go straight or the tire accepts that speed and you are going to do the curve, “he commented. In this sense, by noticing the tires more, you will be able to progress in your preparation for your qualifying lap. to put the tires at the correct temperature and improve your times. Thanks to this power steering, Alonso hopes to “take one more step forward in adaptation.”
The exit system has improved but there are more duties
As Fernando said, his goal was to “take steps” as the year went by. One of the most important in recent races has been his remarkable improvement in the starts, as he demonstrated in Baku. It is not only a matter of hands, but of the shadow work carried out by the Asturian and Alpine to improve the car’s starting system.
“The car turned out very well too. The truth is that the team did a great job with the starts. For now three or four Grand Prix we have always been in the Top-3 of the starts and the truth is that this helps, of course, and we have seized the moment “, he acknowledged.
Now the team and the drivers will have to focus on improving the car’s poor pace. “There is still work to be done because I think that in the race we were a bit slow and we have to keep working, but in the end it is a small reward that makes us happy in the afternoon”commented the Oviedo on Sunday. In this work, the team will have to pay special attention to the strategy and the degradation of the tires, duties that Fernando already gave to Alpine after the Barcelona appointment.