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F1 | Alonso is convinced Alpine is the superior to other midfield teams

Albeit not as competitive as AlphaTauri and Aston Martin performance-wise, Alonso believes Alpine has a better overall package and is capable to fight for the fifth place in the Constructors Championship.

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F1 | Alonso is convinced Alpine is the superior to other midfield teams
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The French squad is now holding on to the fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship and has been able to do so since Ocon and Alonso’s sensational performances in the Hungarian GP – which represented Esteban Ocon’s first victory in Formula One.

The Spaniard acknowledged that Alpine’s A521 may not be as strong as AlphaTauri and Aston Martin when it comes to pure performance, however, they proved able to outperform other midfield teams when it counts.

"I think we are good. We're good on every front," said Alonso.

"We don't have probably the fastest car on the midfield, but we seem to have, you know, probably the best team on the midfield, so that allowed us to score points every Sunday."

Two-times World Champion said that the team’s ability to get the job done on Sundays, avoiding mistakes, is what has made Alpine a stronger package.

"We are delivering the job on Sundays”

"We don't have maybe the car to compete in pure performance with AlphaTauri or with Aston Martin, but we have the team to compete [with] them on Sundays and to score points.

At the end of August, Alpine has announced that their line-up will remain unchanged moving into the 2022 season.

With the introduction of new regulations from next season, stability will certainly play in Alpine’s favour, especially considering the nice balance between youth and experience between their two drivers. Moreover, Alonso has proved his two-year hiatus from the sport has not affected his pace at all, after matching and beating his teammate on just his sixth weekend in the car.

Talking about this season, the team’s objective is to conclude the second half of the season ahead of their direct rivals.

"We will try to fight for this fifth place in the constructors' championship until the end, if possible. So in that respect, I think we are okay on the race team.

"That's something that is our strength as a team, you know, to score points every Sunday,” Alonso added.

The Spanish driver finished in eighth, two places ahead of Ocon, in the Italian GP, a race where Alonso expected Alpine to be weak compared to its main rivals.

"I think there's gonna be ups and downs for everybody, we saw in this triple-header that we are up and down in the level of competitiveness and on the grid.

"In Spa, we were okay on the dry. We were not okay with the wet. Zandvoort we were okay all weekend. Here we are not. So I think [performance] it's track dependent”.

 Alonso didn’t want to give away too much but appeared pretty confident for the next few races. Indeed, after Monza – which he was expecting to be a very hard track for Alpine’s settings – the upcoming circuits should be better.

"So I don't know exactly in Russia, Turkey and Austin how it's going to be. I think it will be better. I will say that Monza was already on the calendar as one of the worst [for Alpine]. We knew that."


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