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F1 | Budkowski: "Alpine's focus has now switched entirely to 2022”

Alpine Executive Director, Marcin Budkowski, reflects on Silverstone and talks about what's next for the team in the Hungary GP.

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F1 | Budkowski: "Alpine's focus has now switched entirely to 2022”
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After a great result at Silverstone where both drivers were benefited by the Sprint Race and finished on points (P7 for F. Alonso and P9 for E. Ocon) at the GP, Alpine has decided to fully focus on the 2022 car. 

“While it's good we scored double points in Silverstone – and very important points for the championship - our ambitions remain higher than finishing seventh and ninth. That said, as a team, we contributed to the success of the first Sprint Qualifying in Formula 1, thanks to a brave tyre choice and great drives from Fernando and Esteban, which allowed us to recover from a somewhat disappointing qualifying performance on Friday - and to put on a good show for the fans in attendance,” said Budkowski.

Alpine is currently sitting at 7th place in the Constructors Championship with 40 points.

The 2022 season means a redesign for the F1 cars, a big part of the focus is to change the aerodynamics to improve the overtakes on track, also some changes on the chassis will be done for safety reasons.

“The focus has now switched entirely to 2022 at both factories, meaning there are fewer new parts coming to the track, but the second half of the calendar is a gruelling schedule and everyone in the team looks forward to the two-week break to recharge. But, before we can relax, we are aiming for another strong showing and a double points finish in Hungary.”said Budkowski.

Marcin also talked about the performance of its two drivers:

“I think Fernando has now silenced for good whoever doubted his return would be a success. His speed is still there, and his race-craft is second to none…”

“He will no doubt continue pushing himself and the team as the season goes on.”

“It was great to see Esteban in good form and a solid weekend allowed him to return to the points. He can now build on this good performance and retrieve his superb early season form.”

When asked about the Hungary GP he responded:

“The Hungaroring is a tight and twisty track and notoriously difficult to overtake on. That means qualifying will be important and we will need to realise the potential of the car on Saturday to put ourselves in a place where we can fight for the higher points-scoring positions in the race.”

Alpine drivers, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, gave their opinion for this week GP:

Fernando Alonso:

“I'm looking forward to it. Obviously, it's a circuit where there isn't much time to breathe with lots of tight corners. It feels like a big go-kart circuit. We all love driving there because I think the driver has a quite a bit more input than some circuits. I've had some good results in Hungary, most notably in 2003 when I took my first ever Formula 1 win. I've also scored a few podiums too and the pole position in 2009 was good. I feel like the team is improving all the time, especially after the performance at Silverstone where both cars finished in the points, so we're hopeful of another good weekend.”

Esteban Ocon:

“The Hungaroring is one of my favourite tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. It's a great place to drive a Formula 1 car as it has a nice flow and rhythm to it: it's all about maximising corners and piecing everything together. I'm feeling happy going to Hungary after a promising weekend in Silverstone where the car felt much better than it had in previous rounds. The team and I have continued to work hard in our preparation on the simulator to be ready for Hungary. It's the final round before the summer break, and the aim is to score more points to end the first part of the season on a positive trend.”

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