Alpine is out: “Being 18 points over McLaren was a dream at first”

Alpine is out: “Being 18 points over McLaren was a dream at first”

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes Alpine is well on its way to becoming McLaren’s true rivals. The French club is now 18 points ahead of McLaren in the standings, which was not seen at the start of the season. With the exception of Monza, Alpine has always had two cars in the points in the last few races.

The battle between McLaren and Alpine was also the case in 2021, and it has been again since the start of the 2022 season. The two teams are evenly matched, but Alpine seems to have the better car this season. The team regularly exits laps with two drivers in the points, giving them an 18-point lead so far. “Being 18 points ahead of McLaren was a dream at the start of the season,” Alonso said System 1 official website. “It’s very interesting,” the Spaniard continues.

“We started with the winter test and in Bahrain we were a little worried. Of course we had good and bad times at the beginning of the season, but from Australia and Jeddah the performance has been good,” explains Alonso. “The team has grown and the power source is also better than last year.” Last year Alpine lost the battle for P4 in the championship to McLaren. At the end of the 2021 season, McLaren had a lead of more than 100 points, but that does not seem to be the case this season.

“We had reliability issues,” the Alpine driver continues. “But we are stronger than last year, so we accept that. This year we are performing above expectations, we have gone out of our way.’ Alonso retired from the Italian Grand Prix. Leading up to that race, he crossed the finish line ten times in a row, a streak that extended Alpine’s lead in the championship. With six races to go, there is certainly still something to gain for the French club.

Alpine remains stable in the middle range

The two-time world champion is more or less not expecting a podium. For that they need a lot of help from cars in the midfield, or from grid penalties from other drivers. “I think we’ve been in the same place all season,” Alonso said. “I think we are behind the top three teams. Our clear positions are then P7, P8. We definitely need help from the cars in front of us.’ Finally, Alpine is solid in the mid-range, and they continue to fight for P4 in the championship.